Do I need a new roof? 10 questions to ask yourself to see if you need to repair or replace your roof

Let’s face it: You might only give your roof a good once over when you are pulling out or into your driveway every day. Or maybe you only think about the quality of your roof after a big, damaging storm. And, when you do look at your roof, do you know what to inspect for or how to spot damage on your roof?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered: We’ve pulled together some basic issues to look for to start to determine if your roof needs either replacing or repairing. We’ve listed out 10 questions to ask yourself and to help guide you to know what to inspect on your roof. Answer these questions to see if you have some of the tell-tale signs that mean you are in need of either a roof repair, reroofing or full roof replacement.

(And, also remember, if you answer “yes” to any of these questions, or if you still aren’t sure after reading this list what you need – Turner Roofing always gives free appraisals and estimates.)

1. Do you have any shingles that are curled? Are any shingle tabs (that’s three shingles on a single tab) cupped or turned up? Curled shingles need to be replaced. This is a sign of damage at least to the particular shingle, if not a sign of more damage elsewhere on your roof.

2. Are any of your shingles cracked? Or are you missing any shingles?
Cracked or missing shingles will need to be addressed. But, even if you are missing some shingles or have some that are cracked, you might be able to replace or repair these areas where you see damage if your entire roof is still fairly new (say under 15-20 years).

3. Do any of your shingles have bald spots where the granules of the shingle has been worn away? We’ll need to repair those areas – or possibly replace your roof – if you answered yes to this one.

4. Is your roof 20 years old or older? Some older roofs still will be in good shape even up to 30 years, but if your roof is older, it certainly may need some attention.

5. Have you checked your vents and chimneys? The flashing and seals around vents, skylights and chimneys can crack, leading to leaks and other roof decay. Check these to see if any repairs need to be done.

6. Have you had recent storms that are causing your neighbors to get new roofs?
If your neighbor and his neighbor both need new roofs because of hail or storm damage, there’s a good chance you do too.

7. Are homes in your neighborhood built around the same time getting new roofs or recently got new roofS? Just like everything else, roofs have a lifetime. If your home is about 20-30 years old and still has the original roof, it’s time to get it checked out.

8. Do you have dark patches or streaks across certain areas of your roof? This could be a sign of moisture build-up or algae growth. This could just need to be cleaned up with a mild bleach solution, but these dark areas could also need to be repaired or replaced if more than just surface damage has occurred.

9. Look at the roof deck (or the flat portions) of your roof. Is it sagging?
All your roof lines should appear straight and not sagging or warped. Sagging roof decks need to addressed immediately.

10. Check your gutters. Do you find any roofing materials mixed with the leaves? If you are seeing pieces of shingles or granules that have flaked off shingles, your shingles are not holding up. You’ll need to replace the entire roof – or repair the areas of deteriorating shingles at the very least.