9 Signs Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced

May 14, 2024

Roof replacement on a home.

It’s vital to keep your most significant investment’s protective layer—your roof—in good condition. When it shows signs of damage like missing or bald roof shingles, or it has simply lived out its lifespan, it’s time for a roof replacement. 

Don’t risk the possibility of harmful moisture intrusion invading your property due to an old or damaged roof. Know how to look for signals indicating you need to have your roof inspected because it may be time for a new roof. You’ll save yourself costly hassles by proactively reaching out to a roofer when the time for replacement approaches

Warning Signs that You Need a New Roof

Every spring, fall, and after major storms, it’s a good idea to take a look at your home exterior for signs of damage. One of the things to inspect is your roof. Grab some binoculars and step away from your home so you can see what’s up from the safety of the ground.

1. Are your roof shingles curling? 

Your roof shingles should lay flat on your rooftop to protect your home. If they are curling up, they are no longer properly attached and can’t do their job of defending your home from moisture intrusion. If you only have a few curling shingles, it may do to simply have them replaced. But if large sections of your roof shingles are curled, it’s time for a full roof replacement. 

2. Do you see bald spots on your roof where asphalt granules are missing?

Your asphalt granules play a vital role in your roof’s protection. Granules provide a layer that blocks direct sunlight and helps prolong your roof’s lifespan. If granules go missing, your roof is at a greater risk of leaking. If you see bald spots on your roof, contact a roofing company for an estimate on its repair or replacement. 

3. Do your roof shingles look cracked? 

Cracked shingles leave your home vulnerable to damage and may indicate it’s time for a roof replacement. They usually become compromised due to high winds, heavy rain, or from holding the weight of snow or ice. If left unaddressed, they can cause water to enter your roof deck. Cracks in your shingles are like open windows to your home. The more cracked shingles you have, the more likely it is that the integrity of your home is at risk if you don’t attend to the problem. 

4. How old is your current roof?

If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s likely time for a roof replacement. Have it inspected by a reputable contractor. 

5. Are homeowners in your neighborhood getting new roofing? 

In most neighborhoods, the homes are all built within a few years of each other. So if you see new roofs being installed in your neighborhood, then yours may need to be replaced too. 

6. Do you see signs of roof leaks in your attic?

If you want to know more about your current roof’s condition, grab a flashlight and climb up into your attic to take a look. If you spot wet insulation, or moist or rotting wood, you may have a roof leak, indicating it’s time for a roof replacement. If you smell mold in your attic, that’s another sign of a roof leak. If you see daylight coming through your roof and into your attic, you have a problem that needs addressing

Other things to look for indoors include moisture marks on the ceilings of your highest floor, and peeling paint on your walls or ceilings indicating roof damage.  

6. Is your roof sagging? 

If your current roof is sagging, moisture is trapped inside it and rotting away the boards under it. One way to spot this is to take a look at your home from across the street. Your roof should appear straight and have a uniform look to it. A sagging roof indicates the integrity of your home may be compromised and it could even be unsafe to be inside the structure. If your roof looks like it is sagging, contact a roofing contractor with a reliable track record and have it inspected as soon as possible to avoid accident or injury. 

7. Are your roof shingles missing? 

High winds can take their toll on your roofing’s components. So if you notice missing shingles, reach out to a roofer for an inspection. Depending on the missing shingles’ location and how many are missing, you may need either a roof repair or replacement. 

8. Are your gutters, flashing, or fascia faulty?

Your roof’s components are all vital to your home’s protection. So if your gutters are not working properly, or your flashing is compromised, your home is at risk of water damage. If your fascia is saturated with water and mold or rot is brewing, contact a roofer. 

9. Is moss growing on your rooftop?

If your home is well shaded, moss may flourish on your roof. While it looks like just a cosmetic issue, moss can hold moisture on your roof’s surface and cause damage to your granules. If you have this issue, don’t risk your own safety—contact a professional. 

Get a Durable, Beautiful, Long-Lasting Roof Replacement 

Most homeowners feel frustrated when their exterior is damaged or deteriorating. If your roof is showing signs of its age, or has been harmed from a storm, you can prevent issues from spreading or causing other parts of your home to be affected by proactively having your roof inspected in a timely fashion. It will give you peace of mind to fully understand the condition of your roof and plan for its repair or replacement. 

Since 1983, Lutgen Companies has provided over 10,000 homeowners with low-maintenance home renovations that give them the long-lasting solutions they desire. Take a look at how our roofing services can put you at ease knowing your exterior is durable and built to withstand the elements.