Tips for Spotting an Old Roof That Really Needs to Be Replaced

December 14, 2020 7:30 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Does your roof need to be replaced? Are you thinking about buying a home, but don’t know if the roof will need to be replaced right away? Knowing how to spot a roof in need of replacement will help you budget appropriately—or pass on a home that will need too much renovation and repair. Here’s how to tell a roof needs to be replaced, so you can call the best SLC roofers to help:

  • It’s getting old: Your roof’s lifespan depends on how well it was maintained, the kind of material it’s made from, your weather conditions and whether it has more than one layer of shingles. Typically, asphalt shingle roofs (the most common kind) last about 20 to 25 years. However, that lifespan can be dramatically shortened if you don’t properly maintain your roof. If it’s getting to be about two decades since the roof was last replaced, it’s time to plan on replacing it.
  • Missing shingles: Missing shingles are a dead giveaway that the roof needs to be repaired, if not replaced entirely. One or two shingles can likely be repaired, but if the roof is missing large patches, it’s time for a replacement.
  • Curling or buckling shingles: If a roof is new, curling or buckling shingles may mean they’re defective or were installed improperly. However, if you notice them on an older roof—especially where direct sunlight hits the roof—the shingles are at the end of their regular lifespan.
  • Problems in the roof valleys: Your roof valleys direct snow and rain into the gutters, so it’s crucial that shingles are in good repair. If your shingles are missing or damaged in these areas, you’ll need to replace your roof before the next rainy or snowy season.
  • You can see daylight through the roof: Go inside the attic and garage. Can you see daylight through the roof boards? If so, that means air, water and pests can get into your home. Replace the roof to protect your home and keep your insulation intact—otherwise, your HVAC system will have to work overtime.
  • The flashing is damaged: Older roofs may have flashing made of roof cement or tar. It should be replaced, along with the roof itself, with a watertight metal flashing system.
  • Granules in the gutters: Finally, check your gutters. When you clean them—which is an important regular maintenance task that directly affects the longevity of your roof—look for shingle granules in the gutters. As shingles age, the granules fall off and often wind up in the gutters. This is a sign it’s time for roof replacement.
  • Stains or discoloration: Any stains or discoloration can be due to water damage, moss and algae or missing granules—all signs that it’s time for a new roof.

When you need a new roof, it’s important to work with the best SLC roofers. Stubbs Roofing, Inc. can help you repair or replace your roof entirely. Reach out to us today to get a quote and schedule an appointment.

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