If the signs of wear and tear on your roof are getting worse, it may be time to call a roofing professional. But how can you tell the difference between a roof that needs repairs and one that needs to be replaced? In many cases, there are visible clues to look for. Here are a few of the signs it’s time for a roof replacement.

‏Leaks Can Indicate it’s Time for a Roof Replacement‏

Leaks are one of the most obvious signs that your roof is nearing the end of its life span. To assess the severity of the deterioration, take a look at the attic, especially after it has rained. Check for signs of water intrusion. You might notice streaks on the wood, mold growth, or damp insulation.

If you only notice a small leak, it might be possible to get the roof repaired. However, it’s best to hire a professional to assess the condition of the roofing materials. If the leaks are widespread, making repairs time and again can cost you more than a complete roof replacement. ‏

In Case of ‏Interior Water Damage, You May Need a Roof Replacement‏

If you notice water dripping, there may be water damage somewhere in your house. Check for streaks, stains, or water spots in your attic, ceiling, and walls. Other than roofing issues, water damage could be caused by a burst pipe, leaking appliance, or faulty water heater.

Water intrusion is probably roof-related if it’s showing up in the attic, on the ceiling, or near the tops of your walls. Once you notice damage, hire a professional roofing contractor to assess your roof and find the source of the leak. A pro will help you decide if repairing or replacing the roof is the better option.

‏Missing, Moss-Covered, or Cracked Shingles‏

‏It can be difficult to inspect roof damage from the ground. If you want a more comprehensive assessment, hire a roofing repair service and have them check for problems. From the ground, you may notice patches of missing or curling shingles. Algae and moss growth are also visible concerns that will worsen over time when left unaddressed.

Large areas of damage might mean it’s time to have a new roof installed. This is especially true if you notice other problems like damage or discoloration around vents, broken shingles, and missing granules. Asphalt shingles are coated in protective granules. If you see granules in your gutters or at the base of downspouts, this is a clear sign the roofing materials are starting to disintegrate.

Golden Rule Home Inspection offers inspection services to Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. Contact us to make an appointment.