Signs You Need A New Roof
Updated: Jul 22
As one of the largest expenses a homeowner can have, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof. Whether you’re purchasing a home, have been in it for some time, or are just looking to make some improvements, here are some things to look for.
To avoid, or at least get ahead of this one, I recommend going up into your attic and checking for any signs of leaking. Right after a rainfall is the perfect time to do this.
Considering we live in Utah, ice dams are also a possibility. Ice dams form when the snow on your roof melts, runs into the eaves, and freezes again. It then forces the water back onto the roof instead of down the eaves and gutters. It can leak under your shingles making a potentially large problem.
This isn’t just dangerous for your roof, but for your entire home. It happens when wood is exposed to moisture for prolonged periods of time. It can grow fungus, which may lead to a deteriorating structure.
You will want to keep an eye out for torn or missing shingles, water damage on the ceiling, mold growing in your attic, algae or moss on the outside of the shingles, and a sunken roof deck.
When buying a home or looking to update your current one, it’s important to find out and think about how long the current roof has been there. Depending on the type of material used, the life expectancy varies. According to Huber + Associates, these are the life expediencies of typical roofing materials.
Asphalt Shingles - 25 years
Wood Shingles - 20 to 40 years
Wood Shakes - 20 to 40 years
Clay tile - 50 years or longer
Metal - 70 years
Slate - 100 years or longer
High Heating Bills
Have you noticed your heating bill increasing from one winter to the next? If so, you could be dealing with poor insulation. When you have a poorly insulated roof, it allows for air to come and go out more easily. It’s harder to keep both the warm and cool air in.
If you are in need of a new roof or just want to get one checked out, make sure to hire a professional. If you are in the process of buying a home, make sure you get all the information you want about the roof and its condition.