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Saturday, June 17, 2023

7 Signs Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced


A roof can withstand a lot of wear and tear, but it will eventually reach the end of its lifespan. Knowing when a roof is ending its useful life is critical so you can replace it before it fails.

You should examine your roof regularly to see how it is holding up. Find shingles that are curling or buckling. If you see these 7 signs it might be time to reach out to someone to get a roof repair ASAP!

Water Stains

When water spots appear on your ceiling or walls, it's a sign of a leak in the roof. Leaks can lead to rotting wood and mold growth which, in turn, can cause serious structural damage to your home.

Black or green stains indicate algae or mildew buildup. These organisms thrive in moist environments and spread rapidly, causing significant roof damage. Scrubbing or power-washing these stains will only worsen matters, leaving irreparable damage to your roof. The location of the stain can also give insight into the source of the leak, such as the attic or a vent.

Damaged Shingles

A good roof will typically last 15 to 30 years. No matter how carefully your roofing materials are maintained, extreme weather or aging may ultimately produce damage that demands replacement.

Checking your roof for missing or deteriorated shingles ensures your home's safety and protection against leaks. It would help if you watched for bald patches or shingle granules in your gutter.

This is often seen as cracked shingle tabs, particularly from sun exposure and thermal expansion. You should also check your attic for a loss of insulation.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are the main cause of water damage to roofs. They form when melted snow can't drain off the roof because of ice buildup. The trapped water backs up under the shingles and can seep through the attic, walls and ceiling, causing severe interior damage and moisture issues.

Raking the snow with a roof rake can help keep ice dams to a minimum. It's a tedious chore but much better than dealing with leaky roofs. Adding more insulation and improving attic ventilation are long-term solutions to the problem.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing lines your roof and helps prevent water from seeping into places it shouldn't. Typically made of metal sheeting, it's installed when your roof is first constructed and can get damaged over time.

Look for rust or mold around flashing, such as near chimney seals, skylights and vents. Also, check the flashing for dents, especially after a hail storm.

A few minor leaks are fine, but if you find more than one, call a roofing company immediately. A leaky roof can lead to extensive and costly interior and structural damage if left unchecked.


When water leaks through a roof, it can cause severe damage to the framing and interior of a home. Leaks are a clear sign that it's time for a new roof.

One way to spot leaks is to look for wet drywall inside the house. Another is to look for tar streaking on the roof. This is caused by algae eating away at the shingle's weatherproofing properties.

Another sign is missing shingles. A leaking roof will eventually lose all of its shingles, so missing shingles are a sure sign that it's time to replace your roof.


If you notice mold, mildew, or moss growing on your roof, consider getting a new one. This type of growth not only destroys the appearance of your home but also causes serious water damage and deteriorates the structure of your house.

If you can see sunlight in your attic, that's another sign that it's time to replace your roof. This type of gap in the top allows rain, snow, and cold air to enter your house.

Check your attic for shingles that have become shattered and look like they've been broken in some places. If you find many of these shingles, it's time to replace your roof.


When your floors are bouncy or squeaky as you walk across them, it may be a sign of a structural problem in your roof. Over time, this can cause extensive damage to your property, including leaks and water damage.

If you see drooping on your roof, it is time to replace it. A weakened framing or a shingle replacement issue could cause this.

Also, check the plumbing vent boots on your roof. These plastic or metal units cover the pipe and prevent rainwater from entering your house. They are often damaged, especially if the roof is old.

We hope that the above tips can help you to determine if your current roof is in need of a repair!