Five Signs You May Need A New Roof

Your roof is the first line of defense for the safety of your home, belongings and loved ones. A failing roof can cost you time, money, and in extreme cases a complete renovation of your home. Unfortunately, most homeowners do not know how to evaluate the condition of their roof until it is too late.

Our intention is to help you be proactive in better understanding why roofs fail and what you can do about it. Here are 5 Signs to evaluate whether it is time to replace your roof with a permanent metal roofing solution. To us temporary just doesn’t make sense!

1. Age of The Roof—Curling

A traditional asphalt roof may need replacing no even if it is not leaking or does not show signs of major wear. Many asphalt roofing trade organizations recommend replacing once every 15 – 17 years. That number quickly diminishes in areas with extreme weather conditions and cold Canadian climates. Though many asphalt shingles come with long term warranties, those warranties are dramatically prorated, and do not cover what the roofing industry deems as “normal wear and tear.” Which in most cases results in asphalt replacement as little as 7-10 years with little coverage back from the warranty.

Curling is a telltale sign it might be time to replace your roof.

Are the edges of your roof shingles curling up? Shingles will begin to peel up at the edges from over-exposure to the sun and the elements. If shingles are curling, they are leaving your home exposed to areas where water leaks can penetrate into your attic and down the walls. That water can cause unsightly spots, but also can become a breeding ground for mold and water damage to the structure of your home. Curled shingles can also start to tear off your roof in high winds and land in neighbors’ yards.

2. Life on The Roof—Streaking and Mold

Asphalt shingles are petroleum-based products that include some organic materials. The protective granules on the top surface of the shingles offer nooks and crannies which attract and capture dirt. Along with dirt are microscopic organisms that feed off the organic materials and/or make a home among the protective granules.

Streaking and mold are the second telltale sign it might be time to replace your roof.

Do you have dark vertical lines on your roof or patches of green growing on your roof? These are examples of mold, fungus, and algae that are attacking your roof. Often times this happens in well shaded areas or in wet and damp conditions next to a tree line or forest setting. This continues to deteriorate the roof as well as detract from your home’s appearance and value. They are also markers of age and deterioration on wood shakes and tile. We offer metal roofing products that look very authentic, like cedar shake or tile roofing, but with the lasting permanence of metal.

3. Protection for The Roof—Lost Granules and Shingles

Asphalt and “stone-coated” roofing shingles are covered in small stone-like granules. These granules, actually “glued” onto the base shingle, offer homeowners a variegated color option at a lower price. As the roof is exposed to the sun and weather, the “glue” loses its ability to hold to the shingle. Over time, as more and more granules are lost, the shingles lose their effectiveness and leave portions of your roof exposed to wind, rain, heat, and snow. In the case of the stone-coated roof, rusting begins and you will see signs of aging and wear.

Granules in the gutter are the third telltale sign it might be time to replace your roof.

If you are finding more and more granules in your gutter or at the end of your downspouts, the less protection your roof offers your home. As granules disappear into your eaves, the shingles themselves will be more likely to disappear from your roof in strong winds and weather.

4. Holes in The Roof—Water In the Attic

Most homeowners know it is time to re-roof when water spots appear on their ceiling or they have a leak after a rainstorm. Unfortunately, many leaks begin long before they start to show. As asphalt shingles curl, lose granules and age, they begin to detach from the roof. When regular wind and rainstorms hit, water can blow up underneath the shingle and find its way to nail holes or through the protective felt paper underneath.

Wet spots in the attic are the fourth telltale sign it might be time to replace your roof.

Go into your attic with a flashlight. Look to where the valley forms—that is the point where different sides of the roof come together. Also, look at the backside of the chimney. Does the lumber look wet or damp? Is the insulation discolored or look like it has coffee stains and has the pink turned black anywhere? If you have skylights, is there moisture inside of the skylight chase? If you see any of these things, your current temporary roof is failing. Quick fix roof patches will not stop leaks but will only serve to slow them down. The bottom line is: any water in your attic means the roof will need more than a quick fix—it will need replaced to avoid serious damage to your property and the home’s structural integrity.

5. Loss Through The Roof—High Energy Bills and/or Ice-Damming

The roof can serve to either reflect or absorb energy from the sun. Asphalt shingles and roofing that does not utilize advanced paint system technology. Traditional asphalt absorbs and stores all suns energy in the attic of your home. As a result, the roof is heating your home in the summer at the same time that you are trying to lower the temperatures with the air-conditioning.

Additionally, homes located in Canadian climates are prone to ice damming. Due to uneven attic temperatures, snow and ice on the roof will melt and refreeze over and over again. This process not only weakens the integrity of your roof, but it poses a high risk of leaks and also can encourage condensation to form on the inside of your attic leaving your home susceptible to black mold which can lead to serious health issues for you and your family.