How to Know When a Roof Replacement is Needed

If you aren’t a roofing expert, you may not be able to tell when your roof needs a few simple repairs and when it needs a full replacement. Your roof is one of your home’s largest and most important lines of defense, making it imperative that it’s always in great structural condition. Learn the warning signs of when it’s time to seriously consider roof replacement rather than a roof repair.

1. Buckling and Curling Shingles

Climb up and take a good look at your shingles. If they’re showing signs of buckling and curling, you may be due for a new roof soon. Shingles that are warped and have loose granules mean they are nearing or have passed their life expectancy. Before you groan at the idea of having to pay for an entirely new roof, know that you might have a defective roof, which may qualify you for reimbursement if it is under a manufacturer warranty.

2. Your Roof is Old

If the age of your roof is nearing 20 years, you can expect to have to replace it fairly soon. Additional factors that contribute to the age of your roof and your need for a replacement include how well your roof is ventilated and whether you have a single layer of shingles. Consult with an experienced roofing contractor to determine how soon you will want to get a new roof.

3. Roof Valleys

The valleys on your roof are vital for the proper draining of rain and melting snow. If those valleys are structurally compromised, you might experience leaks. While checking out your roof, be sure to examine the valleys for signs of shingles that are falling apart, damaged or missing entirely.

4. Missing Shingles

Rather than buckling or curling shingles, you might have shingles that are outright missing from your roof. Shingles can blow or fall off of your roof from strong winds, storms or the passage of time. While you can replace some shingles, you may have no choice but to get an entirely new roof if you have several shingles missing, which is an indication that your roof is failing. If you notice missing shingles after a wind storm you might contact your insurance company for an evaluation prior to the new roof.

If you determine that you need a new roof, the experts at Warner Roofing are here to help. Give us a call at 360-694-0249 for a free estimate or to schedule an appointment.

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  • Braden Bills

    My house has started to lose shingles. The shingles that stay on are beginning to curl. I didn’t know that stuff like this was reason enough to invest in a new roof. Thanks for the helpful tips!

  • Faylinn

    I just moved into a new house. It is 40-years-old and so I have been wondering whether or not I should have the roofing redone. I have no idea if the roof has ever been replaced, but I do know that there are some missing shingles and some that are even curling. Due to the state of the shingles, I definitely think that it should be replaced, especially after reading this post.

  • Braden Bills

    Lately I’ve noticed that some of the shingles on my roof are curling. I didn’t realize it meant that it was time to have it replaced! I’ll make sure I have that done as soon as possible. Thank you very much for sharing!

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