Like many homeowners, you probably don’t give your roof much thought until noticeable problems arise. Dark spots on your ceilings and blistering or peeling paint may alert you to an issue. Don’t wait for property damages to occur before taking action. Here are five signs you need a new roof.

1. Signs You Need a New Roof: Advanced Age

The age of your roof is one of the most reliable indicators that it needs to be replaced. The average asphalt roof generally lasts between 20 and 25 years. During this time, the need for minor repairs will increase as normal wear occurs and the roof ages. If you recently purchased your home and aren’t sure of its exact age, schedule a roof inspection to learn about its condition and life expectancy.

2. Frequent Repairs

Roof repairs are not uncommon after a severe storm. However, you’ll begin to need repairs more frequently as your roof nears the end of its life. Over time, UV rays, strong winds, and heavy precipitation will take their toll. If you’ve been paying to have leaks patched once or twice each year, it’s time to get a new roof.

3. Noticeable Separation at the Roof Valleys

The valleys on your roof are the spaces where two slopes intersect. These areas are also where water collects before running off into downspouts and gutters. They tend to be the most vulnerable to moisture-related damage. Valleys are likely to develop gaps and cracks and allow water into your home. If there’s separation or other signs of wear at your roof valleys, you should have your roof replaced.

4. Loose Shingle Granules are Signs You Need a New Roof

Due to their affordable cost and their impressive durability, asphalt shingles are currently the most commonly used roofing material. If you have an asphalt shingle roof, be on the lookout for shingle granules in your gutters or at the base of your downspouts. This means the shingles are wearing out and breaking down. They have reached the end of their lifespan and need to be replaced. Although black streaks may indicate issues with mold, dark-colored patches may mean that your shingles have begun shedding their granules.

5. Uneven or Sagging Roof

Evidence of rot is a sure sign that you need a new roof. This is a problem that can affect all layers of the roof including the roofing underlayment and the underlying framing. If rot isn’t addressed, it can lead to mold problems outside and inside the building.

In a single-story home with a relatively flat roof, one of the best ways to check for roof rot is by carefully walking across the roof surface. If your roof feels springy or bouncy, trapped moisture has diminished the integrity of the roof decking and/or the underlying framing. When severe damage has occurred, this is often visible from the ground as an uneven or sagging roof.

These are just some of the factors that can indicate the need for a new roof. Damaged flashing, rising energy bills, and persistent problems with mold are just a few. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, schedule a roof inspection to determine whether you require repairs or a total roof replacement.

TMK Inspections offers home inspection services to customers in Southeast Pennsylvania. Contact us to request an appointment.