1. Roof age
Unless you have designed and built your home from scratch, you will need to investigate the age of your roof. In addition to planning for its replacement, knowing the age of your roof can help you anticipate problems you may encounter and what you can do to prevent them. With these goals in mind, there are a few ways to find out the age of your roof; Ask the previous owners, get copy of building permit if applicable, call Accurate Roofing Pros for a Free Inspection.
2. Shingles curling and buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling are another sign that you may need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy or damaged by storms. There could also be a possibility that the roof is defective. Contact Accurate Roofing Pros to see if you could be eligible for reimbursement.
3. Missing or sliding shingles
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact. Shingles loose their seal over time and can be lifted or blown off easily. If shingles are sliding down the roof it may mean that shingles were not nailed properly or wind damage maybe present.
4. Roof valleys
If your roof shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, it's a definite sign you need a new roof. Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks.
5. Chimney flashing
Overtime the sealants used on metal flashings will deteriorate due to the UV rays and weather elements allowing water intrusion to enter behind flashings. Chimney flashings is one the most common cause for roof leaks around chimneys.
6. Shingle granules in the gutters
Look in your gutters and see if there is a heavy amount of shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle or if they have storm damage. Inconsistent light & darker colors on some parts of the roof is another sign the granules have worn away and is exposing your roof to possible water intrusion
7. Roof deck sagging
Have you noticed your roof decking appears to be sagging or bowing? This is typically from chronic leaking or broken rafters. When roof decking starts sagging it may mean water intrusion has compromised your roofing system and you have a leak!
Go into attic if you can and check for stains, mold, and even light coming through roof deck.