Most people figure that they need a new roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different factors. But what determines whether a repair will solve the problem or a whole new roof?

Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof:

1. Roof age – How old is your existing shingle roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. That also depends on whether the old roof was removed and you only have one layer of shingles and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof you have was installed over another layer or layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you will be looking at a new roof.

2. Curling and buckling of shingles – Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. By looking at the slopes of your home that have direct sunlight and you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective.

Contact a licensed roofing contractor to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.

3. Valleys – If your shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it is a definite sign you may need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised you could be susceptible to leaks.

4. Missing shingles – These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the “tabs” are intact.

5. Chimney flashing – This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long term, water-tight fitting which would be a metal flashing system.

6. Shingle granules in the gutters – Look in your gutters to see if they are loaded up with granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.

7. Daylight through the roof boards – Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards. Also check for moisture in the insulation.

Date Published: Mar 15 2013

Submitted by John Rogers of Rogers Roofing

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