Despite the roof being one of the most important components of a house, homeowners often don’t think about it until there’s a problem. The roofing protects your family and your belongings from exposure to elements such as rain, wind, and snow. Make sure your roof is well-maintained and in good condition. No matter the quality of the roofing materials, eventually you will need a new roof. Here are a few signs that it’s time for a roof replacement.

Sagging Can Mean It’s Time for a Roof Replacement

If you notice your roof is sagging, this is typically an indication of a structural problem. Sagging may be from insufficient bracing or structural failure due to water damage or termites. When you see sagging or uneven rooflines, contact a professional roofer right away to determine if your roof needs to be replaced.

Damaged Shingles

Check for missing or damaged shingles. A few broken or missing shingles can easily be replaced, however, patches of missing shingles or large areas of damage may mean it’s time for a new roof.

Buckling or curling shingles are a sign of aging roofing materials. A standard asphalt shingle roof lasts around 20 years. If your roof is older and you notice warped shingles, call a roofer to assess the condition of the shingles and underlying structure.

Granules in Gutters

Gutters funnel water from the roof and prevent moisture damage to your house, but they can only function properly when they’re kept clean. While cleaning your gutters, look for shingle granules or pieces of roofing material in the channels. This is a sign that the materials are deteriorating and it’s likely time for a new roof.

You Need a Roof Replacement if There are Regular Leaks

Repair roof leaks immediately. Don’t overlook a minor leak that doesn’t appear to be affecting your home. Many go unnoticed, but over time will worsen and cause costly damage.

Check your attic. Look for dark spots on wood, streaks and water stains, mold growth, and damp insulation. These are signs that the roof is leaking and needs attention. Call a professional to inspect the roof and make repairs. Frequent or recurring leaks mean it’s time for a complete roof replacement.

Moss and Mold Growth

Moisture in the attic or between the layers of your roof can lead to moss, algae, and mold growth, further compromising the roofing materials. Mossy and moldy shingles not only make your home look unattractive but will damage your roof over time.

If you notice any of the signs that you need a roof replacement, hire an experienced professional to take a look at the roofing and make repairs.

Homesmith Home Inspections provides inspection services to the Houston, Texas area. Contact us to request an appointment.