- Check Your Records for Your Roof’s Age
One of the first things you can do to determine whether you might need a new roof is to check your home improvement records. The majority of roofs use asphalt shingles that last between 15 and 25 years depending on a variety of factors.
- Check Your Attic
Before heading out to check your home’s exterior, head to your attic with a flashlight. Climb up under the eaves and look for beams of light coming through the top of the house, sagging or stains and streaks. All of these are indications that you might have a leaky roof.
- Check Out Your Roof for Sagging
If you can safely head up onto your roof, check for areas where there’s noticeable sagging. Keep an eye peeled for rotting or trapped moisture – especially at the lowest points in your roof.
- Check for Missing or Damaged Shingles
While you’re up there, look for missing shingles or shingles that are damaged. If shingles are curling, buckling or losing granules, this could indicate that your roof’s shingles are past their life expectancy. Your shingles should lay flat.
- Check for Flashing Around Skylights, Chimneys, and Vents
The flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights seals the seams of your roof from the elements. Examine these areas to make sure that aren’t visible cracks, breaks or leaks. Older homes often have flashing made of roof cement or tar. It’s a good idea to upgrade to modern materials.
- Check Your Roof Valleys
Your roof’s valleys are one of the most important parts of your roof. Snow and rain flow down through these areas, into your gutters and down away from your house. If shingles on your valley are damaged or missing, this could mean that you have a leaky roof.
- Check Your Gutters for Shingle Granules
Shingle granules are embedded in asphalt shingles. Take a look at your gutters. If they’re full of granules, it could mean your roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy. Inconsistent color patches are another indication that your shingles’ granules have worn off.
- Check for Water Damage
Another telltale sign that you might need to replace your roof is water damage in the interior of your home. Look for damp spots or discoloration on your ceiling. This could also show up on the underside of your roof deck or on insulation.
- Check for Moss, Mold, and Fungi
Moss, mold, and fungi can indicate there may be trapped moisture in your roof.
If you notice any of these roofing warning signs, give us a call. We specialize in roof replacement and roof repair and serve Anne Arundel County including Odenton, Crofton, Gambrills, Severna Park, Annapolis, Arnold, Severn, Millersville, Crownsville, Riva, and Edgewater.