Your roof is one of the most important components of your home since it shields you and your belongings from the elements. While many homeowners think they need a new roof upon spotting a leak or some other malfunction, sometimes a simple roof repair can solve the problem. Other times, you can waste money on recurring roof repairs when you would be better off replacing it. So how do you determine whether a roof replacement is necessary? To help you make the right decision, here are four signs that you need a new roof:

1. An Aged Roof

Several different factors can have an effect on the number of years your roof ends up lasting. Environmental impacts, the type of roofing material used, and the quality and consistency of your maintenance can also impact your roof’s projected lifespan. Even so, most roofing experts agree on the following timelines:

• Clay and concrete roofing tiles can serve you for 50-150 years
• Asphalt shingle roofs can last about 20-30 years
• Metal roofs can last between 40 and 80 years

Regardless of the type of roofing you have installed, you can determine whether your roof needs replacing or repair by comparing its current age against its estimated lifespan. For example, if your asphalt shingle roof is 35 years old, then it is far beyond its typical lifespan and a new roof will better protect your home.

2. Weathered Roofing Tiles or Shingles

The condition of your roofing tiles or shingles is another important consideration when determining whether you need a new roof. Signs of weathering, cracked, curling, or warped roofing tiles or shingles increase the risk of roof-related issues. Similarly, missing shingles can be a sign that you need a new roof. Check your gutters and look at the roof slopes that get direct sunlight. If you notice granules in your gutters or see curling, buckling, warping, or cracked shingles or tiles, then your roof is probably past its prime. Weathered roofing tiles or shingles increase the likelihood of leaks and structural damage. Having your roof replaced is the best course of action if you spot these signs.

3. You Need a New Roof If It’s Sagging

Regardless of the type of roofing material used, noticeable sagging is one of the surest signs that you need a new roof. Any roof with noticeable sagging is beyond repair. Roof sagging indicates the lack of a proper support system. Without adequate structural support to carry the weight, your roof is in danger of collapsing. As such, it should be replaced as soon as possible.

4. You Can See Light Through the Roof Boards

Look into your attic during the day to determine whether you need a new roof. Your roof is losing its integrity if you can see sunlight within your attic. If light is coming through the roof boards, chances are cold air, rain, and snow can do the same, making your home vulnerable to moisture damage. So, check for water stains too. Water stains are another sign that you might need a new roof.

The amount of time your roof has left will depend on the extent of the damage. In the event of larger issues like structural damage, however, roof replacement will be wiser and more cost efficient if done sooner rather than later.

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