Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
Don’t wait for major leaks or water damage to make repairs.
Replacing your roof can cost an average $19,000, according to a 2014 report from Remodeling magazine. Help avoid a big-ticket repair and prevent serious problems (think roof collapse) with regular maintenance.
How often? Many roofing companies advise inspecting your roof at least once or twice each year and after major weather events. Look for these red flags:
- Shingle damage or discoloration. Watch for curled, buckling, cracked, stained or broken shingles. Poor ventilation or a dried-out shingle base typically causes shingles to curl at the edges.
- Missing shingles. Extensive wind, rain or snow damage can cause shingles to come loose, compromising the roof’s structural integrity.
- Sagging spots. Your roofline should be straight. If it dips, swags or curves, the roof decking is sagging and likely needs replacing.
- Higher energy bills. A well-maintained roof helps protect the inside of your home from extreme heat and cold. If the roof is damaged, you might notice higher utility bills, as your air conditioner and heater work harder to maintain comfortable temperatures.
- Attic damage. Usually, the attic is the first place to show leaks from a damaged roof. Look for dark spots in the wood or drywall, which indicate water damage.
Should I repair or replace my roof?
You should consider making most minor repairs to help lengthen the roof’s life. However, it is recommended to first contact a roof professional to evaluate if a full replacement is warranted.
Also consider the age of your roof: Most roofs come with 25 or 30+ year limited warranties. Depending on your region, your roof could last significantly longer or shorter than the manufacturer’s warranty. If your roof exceeds its expected life, it may be time to replace it.