The roofing system protects your home, family, and belongings from sun, wind, rain, and snow. It’s good practice to inspect your roof from time to time to catch minor issues before they become major problems. Here are some of the signs you need a new roof.

Inspecting Your Roof from the Inside

Signs of Water Damage can Mean You Need a New Roof

Examine the ceilings in your home and look for yellow or brown streaks and stains. You might also notice water marks running from the top of the wall to the bottom. These are signs of a roof leak that should be checked by a professional.

Water in the Attic

Often the first sign of a leak appears in the attic. If you can see sunlight through gaps or cracks, water can also get inside. Look for damp insulation and water stains on the roof framing. A small leak can often be repaired, but multiple areas of concern mean that it’s time to budget for a new roof.

Mold or mildew in the attic is another sign of a roofing leak. If moisture problems are not fixed, rot and structural damage can occur. If you notice a damp, musty odor when inspecting the attic, hire a professional to take a better look. You might also see mold growth as darker patches on wooden beams.

Check from the Outside

Missing Granules are Signs You Need a New Roof

An aging roof that’s past its prime will shed granules. If you notice bare patches on your shingles or granules in the gutters, it’s probably time for a new roof.

Other signs of shingle damage including buckling, cracks, or curling mean that the shingles are nearing the end of their lives and it’s time to consider a roof replacement.

Sagging Roof

A major sign that a roof replacement is necessary is sagging or bowing. If the roofline is no longer straight, this usually means there is water damage and rot. Water can leak under the roof materials and cause damage to boards, posts, and the frame of your roof. Contact a roofing professional to discuss your options and get a quote.

Moss or Algae Growth are Signs You Need a New Roof

Excessive moss and algae growth on the shingles will cause the materials to deteriorate more quickly. When shingles age or are damaged, they can absorb water, causing algae, moss, or mold to grow on the surface. Smaller spots of growth can be cleaned away, but if this is a recurring problem, talk to a roofer about having the roofing materials replaced.

1st Alert Home Inspections provides inspection services to customers in Northeast Ohio. Contact us to schedule an appointment.

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