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5 Ways to Know For Sure You Need a New Roof

Roofing materials are designed to last, but over time, even the strongest roof can deteriorate. So keep an eye out for these 5 warning signs signaling your need for a new roof.

1. Beat up/missing shingles

If your shingles are looking worse for wear, you know it’s time for a new roof. When shingles start to get old, they crack, curl up at the edges, and may even fall off completely. If only a few shingles are damaged, simply have those shingles replaced. But your shingles are cracking and curling on a regular basis, it’s time to get a new roof.

2. Large ceiling stains

Large patches of discoloration on the interior of your home are like red flags indicating that there is a leak somewhere on your roof. Some leaks are minor and are easily repaired. But if your roof is leaking in multiple spots, that is a clear sign that your roof is weak and in need of a total replacement.

3. Sagging

Sagging, typically due to structural damage, is one of the most dangerous threats to your roof. A dip in your roof poses as a hazard to you and your family, so there’s no need to deliberate over this warning sign—sagging most definitely means you need a new roof!

4. Old age

If your roof is old, chances are it probably needs replacing, even if you aren’t seeing any problems. Replacing an old roof before it starts deteriorating is much easier than having a large repair or total replacement sneak up on you. So if your roof is 20 years or older, you can in good conscience get a new roof.

5.  Extensive damage

If large portions of your roof are destroyed in a storm, it’s probably a good idea to go ahead and replace the entire roof vs. repairing it. Fortunately, natural disasters are often covered by insurance, so be sure to consult both your insurance provider and an experienced roofing expert before you pay for a roof replacement out-of-pocket.

Having a secure roof over your head is a privilege you shouldn’t take for granted. Steward your roof well and get it promptly replaced when it starts showing these signs it has reached its life span.