4 Signs It's Time For A New Roof

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4 Signs It's Time For A New Roof

18 August 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

So, you're wondering when it's time to get a new roof. There are usually plenty of visual cues that accompany the fact that you definitely need to replace your roof, but this is not always necessarily the case. There might be times where there might be an invisible factor at work, conspiring against you and your roof. What could these conspiring factors be? Contained within this brief article are 4 signs that it is time for new roofing.


Leakage is, at the very least, a definitive sign that your roof needs to be repaired, but it is also a strong sign that your roof is going the way of the world and needs to be replaced. In fact, if caught early, a roof leak can save the entirety of your roof from being replaced.

It's important to check the flashings on your roof around the chimney and ventilation pipes to make sure that they are completely sound. If you are having successive roof leaks, or one very persistent roof leak, you should take the time to call a professional. A professional can diagnose the problem and potentially save you and your wallet from having to receive a new roof altogether.

Rain Slots

Leaking isn't the only sign of a faulty roof that might be in need of replacement. Check out the rain slots or notches on your roof if you have asphalt or fiberglass shingles. If the notches are wider than they are on new shingles, or you find that the notches have rounded off corners, it might be a good idea to have a roof wide inspection. Notches with rounded off corners can be indicative of severe wear and tear on the roof and could mean that the effective nature of the entirety of the roof will soon be lost.


If you're finding shingle granules in your gutter, this is a sign that your roof shingles are nearing the end of their life. Likewise, if you can see the asphalt layer peaking through the granules, then this definitively means that your shingles' lifespan has run its course.

If you have a metal roof, be on the lookout for rust or water streaks; these are both surefire span that your roof is at the end of its life. Similar to these phenomena, with wood roofs, look for shingle damage such as rot. Rot may be the sign of an infestation, severe water damage or the simple fact that your roof is just too darn old.

Storm Damage

Be on the lookout for storm damage to your roof. Storms are one of the leading cause to damage to your roof and might ensure the fate of your roof as being gone with the wind. Maybe even literally! After strong storms, it might pay to check on the roof yourself.

Some common forms of damage to afflict a roof after a storm include bruised or dented shingles, dents in your gutters and your flashing, cracked or broken shingles, as well as large swathes of missing shingles. Severe storms may also result in large sections of the actual roof being torn away. Keep an eye out for shingles that may not look like they have any physical damage, but that are loose and no longer attached to the roof.

If you've found that severe damage has befallen your roof (make sure to check the flashings and the current state of the shingles, especially) you might want to opt for a roof replacement, rather than just trying to fix each problem you found.

Hopefully, this brief guide as given you some insight into whether or not your roof needs replacement!