Roofs are designed to take the full brunt of nature’s elements over the years but inevitably roofs that are approaching 20-some years old are going to suffer from a range of problems from shingles breaking down due to granule loss to degrading flashing areas and leaks.
If your roof is leaking and you’ve never had it redone before plus you’ve lived in the house for a long time, then chances are you might need a new roof. Ultimately the best way to find out is to call a roofing professional and have them check it out and then give you an estimate for repairs.
A sign you may need a new roof or at the least roof repair is the presence of broken boards. In some instances, a lot of the boards may be split and opened up. When this happens you have a couple of different options. Firstly you have to replace the boards that are broken. In some cases, and you need to rely on the advice of a good roofing contractor, they may advise you that they will need to overlay the roof with half-inch plywood over the top of the existing boards. It doesn’t have to be the whole roof. However, the roofer should first remove some shingles to determine the condition of the roof.
We recommend getting a full roof inspection which will provide you with a full breakdown of what needs to be done immediately as opposed to what can wait. A roof inspection report will also include what materials are on your roof. One of the easiest ways to tell if you need a new roof is when asphalt shingles are showing signs of granular loss. You may notice granules in your driveway, on your sidewalk. When you see a lot of granules you will know it’s likely time for replacing the roof. Oftentimes you’ll see shingles that have flipped up. You’ve likely lost shingles because they’ve lost their integrity. So a normal thunderstorm, strong rain, and wind will begin to dislodge shingles. Those are a couple of telltale signs. At this stage, you should call an experienced roofing contractor. They will come out and do an assessment of the roof’s condition taking into consideration the age of the house. Again if your house is over 20 years old, definitely consider calling out a licensed roofing contractor to do a thorough inspection.