The Danger of a Leaking Roof: Signs That You Need a New Roof

If you have noticed water damage to your ceiling, then it might be the sign of a much larger problem: the roof. If your roof is not performing well, water damage can erode and rot away the structural elements of your home and also lead to mold and mildew growth. In order to avoid the consequences of living with a failing roof, it’s best to be aware of the signs that you need a new roof.


1. Broken Shingles

One of the many signs that you need a new roof is if you notice shingles that are warped, broken, or falling off. When they’re properly working and attached, shingles lay flat against the roof. If you see shingles that are raised, chipped, warped, or even just completely torn off from the roof, this is a sign that the roof is reaching the end of its life.


2. Granules In Gutter

While you’re taking a quick look at the state of your shingles, you should also look at your gutters for these other signs that you need a new roof. If you notice granules in your gutter from your asphalt roof, then it could mean that your roof needs replacing or repair. These granules help the asphalt to deflect the sun. Without it, the shingles bake and begin to warp. Depending on how many granules you see, your roof could either be facing the halfway point of its lifespan or be ready completely for a new overhaul.


3. Sagging

This is an especially important indicator to carefully examine. If your roof appears to be sagging, then you’re facing a structural issue already. This is a serious sign as it generally means that water is getting inside and damaging your home. If you notice that your roof is sagging, then you should call an inspector immediately to examine the roof. Sagging roofs should be taken care of before they become an even larger problem.


4. Peeling Paint on the Walls

Another warning sign that could be related to your roof is peeling or blistering paint on the walls. If water is leaking through your roof it could be seeping into your walls and pooling up. This will show up as your paint warping, peeling, or bubbling.


5. Daylight in the Attic

Go into your attic in the daytime and notice if there is any daylight shining through the roof. If light can get in, this means that your roof cannot keep out other elements like rain. Usually, this is a sign that you need a new roof.


Heaning Home Inspections offers roof inspections and other inspection services to the Treasure Coast. Contact us to book your appointment.