You know you need to replace your roof when a tree limb comes crashing through it. But often times if your roof isn’t leaking, knowing when to replace your roof isn’t as obvious. However, there are other signs you can look for.

Waiting to replace your roof until after it starts leaking will cost you more money. You should look at your roof once or twice a year and take action if you notice damage.

Here are three signs you should look for, they will help you identify if your roof needs to be replaced.

Broken or Missing Shingles

There is no reason for you to go up on your roof to get an idea of the condition. You can tell a great deal by looking at it from the ground. If shingles are missing, you seriously need to consider replacing your roof. In some cases, sections of shingles can be replaced if the rest of the roof is in good condition.

Look for signs of lifting shingles or curled edges. Check the ends of your downspouts for large amount of sandy debris. Granules wear off the shingles and hail or heavy rains can increase the rate of damage. When shingles lose too much of the protective layer, you need to replace your roof.

Dark Spots or Moss

If you see dark patches, or moss growing on the shingles, this is often a sign of damaged, worn out shingles.

Dark areas indicate sections where granules are missing and the remaining shingle will be prone to cracking. Moss will grow roots into and under the shingles, lifting them and allowing water to penetrate underneath.

Age of Roof

Shingles are designed to last for a certain number of years, this can range from 15 years to 50 years, depending on the manufacturer and grade of the shingles.

You should also consider the weather conditions for your area. High winds, heavy rain or hail and extremes of hot or cold shorten the life of your roof. If your roof is nearing the end of its useful life, it may be time to replace your roof.

If you have doubts about the condition of your roof, have your roof inspected. A professional inspection will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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