7 Reasons You May Need a New Roof

At Ready 2 Roof, one of most frequent questions we receive is how a home owner can detemine if you need a new roof. Here are seven reasons — and photos — that can help you decide whether or not it’s time to make that call to 601-573-1160.

1. Shingle Loss

shingle loss is the number-one sign that it's time for a new roof

shingle loss is the number-one sign that it’s time for a new roof

If you look at a roof and you see any uniform, dark spots, generally in rectangles or squares, you’re probably looking at a missing shingle.

Shingle loss generally occurs as a result of wind damage. Strong winds will hold the shingle up and blows debris under the shingle preventing the shingle to reseal.

Each shingle has a sealant (kind of like double-stick tape) that holds it to the roof. When debris sticks to the sealant, the tackiness dissipates and the sealant no longer works.

The more wind events that happen, the shingle will eventually break off – like a plastic fork being bent over and over again.

What to look for:

  • Uniform dark spots (rectangles or squares)

2. Granular Loss

Granule loss is a sign of a roof needed replacement

Granule loss is a sign of a roof needed replacement

Granular loss occurs when a roof is either past a certain age, exposed to extremely high temperatures, or experienced wind or hail damage.

The easiest way to determine if your roof has suffered from granular loss is to look at your gutters. If you see dark granules that look like sand in the gutter, your roof has suffered granular loss.

If you have a patio next to your house, you can often figure out that your roof has granular damage if after a rain there are small, dark granules on your patio.

Another sign of granular damage is a silver sparkle that one can see from the ground. This sparkle will generally be in the right angles of the roof.

What to look for:

  • Dark granules in the gutters
  • Dark granules on a patio next to the house
  • Silver sparkle in the right angles of the roof

3. Hail Damage

Evidence of hail damage is good cause for a roof inspection

Evidence of hail damage is good cause for a roof inspection

Hail damage can be quite obvious from the ground. However, not all roof damage is visible from the ground, so if your area has experienced severe weather recently, you’ll want to have your roof inspected.

A severe hail event will bend the soft metal on the roof (commonly referred to as a whirly bird or turbine vent box) which you can see from the ground.

The older the roof, the more subject it is for damage. If the roof is less than 10 years old, it’s going to take a quarter size piece of hail to damage the roof. If the roof is over 10 years old, it may only take a nickel size piece of hail to damage the roof.

What to look for:

  • Dents in the soft metal located on the roof (whirly birds or turbine vent boxes)

4. Wind Damage

Major storms and wind events should encourage you to look up

Major storms and wind events should encourage you to look up

Most wind events that damage a roof are in excess of 60mph.

You’ll either see missing shingles or you’ll have granular loss.

You may not lose any shingles, but they may have been lifted and have debris under them (see shingle loss for more on the effects of debris under a shingle).

What to look for:

  • Clearly damaged areas
  • Loose or missing shingles
  • granular loss (see granular loss for more details on how to determine granular loss)

5. Multiple Leaking Areas Inside Your House

water damage or ceiling leaks are likely signs of roof trouble

water damage or ceiling leaks are likely signs of roof trouble

When a roof leaks, you’ll typically see dark spots in the ceiling.

Anytime you have a wet spot in your ceiling that gets larger than the size of a dinner plate, we recommend using a nail or ice pick to make a small hole in the ceiling so the water can drain.It’s a lot easier to repair a little hole than the entire ceiling.

Closets are a common place for leaks to occur because they are generally share walls with a bathroom, kitchen, or sink and the plumbing associated with them.

What to look for:

  • Dark spots on the ceiling
  • Don’t forget the closet ceilings!

6. Selling your house

Pipe flashing often needs replacement more frequently than full roofs

Pipe flashing often needs replacement more frequently than full roofs

A home inspection is a general requirement for selling a home. It’s been our experience that most home inspections will require general roof maintenance — new pipe flashings, new sealant, shingle replacement. If the roof has been neglected, the seller could be required to replace the roof entirely.

In fact, pipe flashing are a frequent maintenance item, whether you’re selling your home or not. Pipe flashings are the rubber sealant at the bottom of the small pipes that come out of your roof. The pipe flashing is the “boot” or black base at the bottom of the pipe. Flashings need to be replaced every 5 years due to dry rot. Most leaks are caused by dry rotted sealants.

What to look for:

  • Selling your house? Call us for a Ready 2 Roof recommended home inspector

7. New Insurance

Often people need to replace a roof when selling a house

Sometimes our customers need to replace a roof after an insurance inspection

If you’ve just purchased a home or are changing insurance carriers, you’ll have to have a roof inspection before an insurance company will carry you. During that inspection sometimes it’s determined that the roof has outlived its lifespan.

So, in order to get a new insurance policy, you may need to get a new roof.
If that’s the case, please give Ready 2 Roof a call at 601-573-1160.

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