A new roof for your home can cost as much as $20,000. A homeowner may be hesitant to schedule a roof replacement because of the inconvenience and high cost. Recognize the signs you need a new roof and make this investment before it becomes an emergency.  A leaky or deteriorating roof will worsen and ultimately cause expensive damages.

1. Age is One of the Signs You Need a New Roof

One of the first signs that you need a new roof is its age. A asphalt roof that is over 25 years old is usually at the end of its lifespan. Once a roof nears or surpasses its life expectancy, repairs become costly and more frequent. It’s a good idea to replace the roof instead of constantly paying for repairs.

2. Signs You Need a New Roof Include Buckled or Curled Shingles

Examine your roof on a day when the weather is nice. If the edges of the shingles appear to be buckling or curling, it’s a sign that you may need a roof replacement. Call a professional to inspect the roof. Repairs are possible for minor problems, but if you see larger patches of warped shingles, a new roof is the better option.

3. Daylight Through the Attic is a Sign You Need a New Roof

When daylight shines through the roof into the attic, the underlying decking is likely damaged. Check for soft spots on the roof and call a roofer to get a professional opinion on its condition.

4. Chimney Flashing is Missing or Damaged

Flashing is a strip of material, usually metal, where the roof meets the chimney. Over time, flashing may loosen or rust, which causes a gap between the roof and chimney. Damaged flashing weakens the structure and allows leaks and pest infestations. Damaged or loose chimney flashing is a common problem that often goes undetected until roof replacement is necessary.

Do You Need a New Roof?

The signs above indicate that you need a new roof. Pay attention to these signs and call a professional for an inspection and roof replacement. An inspection can reveal any defects with the roof so you can repair them now before major issues develop.

Henrie Home Inspection Services offers home inspection services in northern New Jersey. Contact us to schedule an appointment.