For most people, the surest sign that they need a new roof is when their ceiling start leaking, since it naturally and obviously indicates that there’s a hole in the roof. However, a leaky ceiling can be caused by a number of factors and for that reason can often be repaired without the installation of an entirely new roof.
So if a leak isn’t a good indicator that you need a roofer, how then can you tell if you need a new roof?
By the Age of Your Roof.
Most experts say that the typical lifespan of a roof is between 20 to 25 years, but some types of roofing shingles have longer lifespans than others. Regardless, you may need a roofer if your roof hasn’t been replaced in a couple decades.
By the Condition of Your Shingles.
Take a good hard look at your shingles. Are any of them curling? Are they buckling? Check the side of your house that receives the most direct sunlight. If you can see any of these signs, then chances are you’re going to need a roofer, as this is a clear indicator that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, and that it’s now becoming defective.
By the Amount of Daylight Through the Roof Boards.
Another way to tell if you need a roofer is to go to your attic or crawlspace, and check for daylight coming through the roof boards. While you’re up there, you should also see if your insulation is moist or not, as this will also indicate that you might need a new roof.
When your roof starts showing these symptoms, it’s probably time to find a roofer and get a roof replacement. If you’re still not sure whether or not you need a roofer, feel free to ask in the comments. See more.