A new home is often the biggest purchase you will make and regular roof maintenance is one of the most important aspects of protecting your investment. Keep the roofing well-maintained to extend its lifespan and look for these signs that it’s time for a roof replacement.

Missing or Cracked Shingles

Occasionally strong winds can damage shingles or blow them off of the roof. A few missing or broken shingles can be replaced. However, if you are missing a significant amount of singles or a large number of them are damaged, it is a sign that the roof needs to be replaced.

Curling Shingles Can Mean it’s Time for a Roof Replacement

Curling shingles are a sign of weathering and an aging roof. Shingles either turn upward at the edges or buckle in the middle. Widespread curling is a sign that the roof is failing and is susceptible to leaks.

Shedding of Granules

The grainy particles on asphalt shingles help protect your roof from the elements. Granule loss usually happens with age and hastens the weathering of an older roof. If you see granules in the gutter, it is time to order a roof inspection.

Water Stains Indicate it’s Time for a Roof Replacement

Discolored rings or spots on the ceiling indoors mean that you have a water leak. Leaks and water damage may be a sign of issues with the roofing and should be addressed immediately.

Your Roof is Looking Green

Some shingles are made to be algae or moss resistant, but with age and exposure to the elements, shingles can grow moss, algae, mold, and mildew. If patches of you your roof are green, consult a professional to remedy the situation. Plant growth is a sign that the roof is holding moisture.

Sagging Roof

A visible droop or depression in the roof is a sign that the roof’s structure requires immediate attention. By the time sagging is visible, the situation is dire. The roof may be damaged beyond a simple repair. Call a professional roofer as soon as possible to assess the situation.

Age Can Mean it’s Time for a Roof Replacement

No matter how long you have owned your home, if the roof is nearing the 25-year mark, roof replacement is inevitable. Asphalt shingles are good for up to thirty years. As the roof ages, be on the lookout for damage. If you think your roof is showing signs of damage or age, call a professional and start to plan for your roof replacement.

Legacy Property Inspections provides home inspections to customers in Southeast Georgia. Contact us to request our services.