The Top 5 Signs That Your Roof Needs Repair

February 28, 2017
Chicago, Illinois
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Maybe you’re considering selling your home, or perhaps you’ve recently moved into a place that could use some renovating. Even so, your roof may still fail to crack your list of home improvement priorities, either because it rests above your head—out of sight—making it easier to neglect, or because you’ve never had a roof issue before and have fooled yourself into believing you never will. Neither is a sound strategy since unaddressed problems with your roof can easily turn into bigger issues that can potentially compromise your home’s security and structural integrity.

Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or a veteran property renovator, it’s always useful to know the exact indicators of roof depreciation and decay so you can be proactive about repair. To help give you a clearer sense of these telltale indicators, we recently teamed up with a crew of expert roofers to determine the top five signs of a roof that needs replacing.


5. Age

Your roof’s lifespan depends on a number of factors, from its layering material to its construction and even your climate. Many roofing experts approximate that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years, but that’s often with the assumption that those roofs are traditional makes, like asphalt shingle or wood shake. Alternative roofing materials, like slate tile and metal, will give you a more durable roof built to last 50 or 75 years. These materials also yield improved fire and rot resistance, but they can also be costly and require a highly-trained installation team because of how specialized the materials are.

4. Granule loss

Check your gutters to ensure that granules from your roof’s shingles aren’t pooling in there. These granules often break loose from shingles that are nearing the end of their lifespan. Color is also a strong indicator of this, as inconsistent or darker granular shading is also a reliable sign of a depreciating roof. One important caveat to note, though, is that you could see granule loss if you’ve just installed a new roof. Don’t panic, that’s normal.

3. Moisture trapped in roof’s insulation

If you live in a place that receives a lot of precipitation, you should be proactive about inspecting your roof’s moisture intake and retention. A practical way to do this is to test the “give” on your roof while walking on it. If your roof feels too spongy or bouncy, it could indicate that excessive moisture has soaked into the insulation layer.

2. Curling shingles

Each is a clear sign that your roof needs repair. Shingles curl over time in response to weathering and natural wear-and-tear. Curling shingles are often shortly followed by leaks, so don’t delay once you spot them.  

1. Light seepage in the attic

Certainly the easiest defect to spot, but undoubtedly the most urgent. Remember, if sunlight can pierce through your roof, many other things can too and they’re likely not as pleasant as a patch of springtime sun.


If your roof is experiencing any of these issues, it’s wise to start looking into replacement now—or at least consult a knowledgeable crew of local roofers to confirm whether your roof issues need to be addressed right away.

Roofing systems, like many home improvement technologies, have developed rapidly over the years in conjunction with increased consumer demand for eco-friendlier, energy-efficient products. Replacing your roof may seem like a daunting task, but a savvy homeowner equipped with these tips and backed by professional expertise can safeguard their home with a roof truly built to last a lifetime.

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    Gutter Boiseover 1 year ago

    Great points and absolutely agree, roof maintenance is essential to a healthy home.

    I might recomend an annual or bi-annual roof inspection rather you think you need it or not. Its tough to diagnose a faiing roof without experience and being up on the roof itself.

    As a gutter company we typically give the roof a once over when you have us out to clean the gutters. then refer any issues over to a trusted roofing partner.

    Great post!

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