On average, you can expect your home’s roof to last anywhere from 20 to 50 years. This will largely depend on the type of roof, your local climate, and how often you stomp around your roof. 

When you move into a previously-owned home, you may not know when the roof was last replaced or repaired. It’s a good thing there are some warning signs you can look out for if you’re concerned about the state of your roof. 

Getting a new roof can be a financial burden, but it must be done. Here’s how to tell if you need a new roof. 

Curling or Buckling Shingles 

You probably don’t spend a whole lot of time wandering atop your house and inspecting the shingles. Look at the slopes of your roof from the ground and try to notice the state of your shingles. 

You may notice shingles curling, buckling, or even missing in time and space. If this is so, you may need to consider replacing your roof. 

As a good rule of thumb, your roof may need replacement if it looks old and worn. 

Check Your Attic 

If there’s an attic space between your ceiling and roof, you may need to assess roof damage from there. 

Look for sunlight coming in through the roof boards. Check for signs of water damage. 

Signs of water damage may come in the form of leaks, dark spots, sagging, or rotting roof tiles. 

Your Chimney Flashing 

Chimney flashing prevents water damage at the point your chimney and roof meet. Over time, it may become susceptible to water damage, especially if it’s made of tar or roof cement.

If you think it’s time for new chimney flashing, consider water-tight fitting flashing made of metal. This will last longer and prevent you from needing to replace it again in the near future.

Poor Workmanship

You may notice a poorly installed roof before you even move into the home. If you don’t, it may not take you long.

If you notice patches or awkwardly-fitting shingles, your roof may not be up to par. This time around, you should invest in a professional roofing contractor

This will ensure your roof doesn’t fall victim to cut corners. 

Neighbors Replacing Roofs 

When you move into a home, you may not know when the roof was last replaced. Often, homes in the same neighborhood will be the same age and on a similar roof-replacement schedule.

If you notice neighbors replacing their roofs, you may consider taking a look at yours. 

How to Tell if You Need a New Roof 

Your roof won’t last forever. It may be a pain to replace, but it needs to be done at some point in your home’s life. Do a quick visual inspection of your roof and look for obvious signs of damage. 

Now that you know how to tell if you need a new roof, you can stay safe and dry all year. In general, if your roof is older than 20 years old, it may be time to think about replacing it. 

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