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The roof on your house doesn’t just add to the home’s aesthetic; it protects your property from wind, rain, snow, and hail. Many homeowners don’t give it much thought until they suspect they need a new roof. Your home’s roof is exposed to the elements every day. Caring for your roof with regular maintenance will help extend its lifespan, but the day will come when you need a replacement.

1. You Need New Roof if the Materials are Aging

Sun damage and heavy storms can cause your roofing materials to break down. Asphalt shingles are durable and made to withstand harsh weather conditions for years. However, they won’t last forever.

Most asphalt roofs will last between 20-25 years on average, though in some instances, you will need a replacement sooner. Other roofing materials, like metal and tile, generally last longer than asphalt. Call an inspector or roofing professional for an inspection if it’s approaching the 20-year mark.

2. Curling or Warped Shingles

An easy way to know it’s time for a new roof is if the shingles are curling. Shingles that curl or buckle could mean that they have reached the end of their life expectancy. It’s important to note that this could also be a sign that your roof is defective. If your roof is newer and you notice warping shingles, contact your roofing contractor to discuss your options.

3. Leaks and Water Damage

Your roof is your home’s defense. If you notice that your home is experiencing leaks, water damage, or rotting, the roof may be letting water in.

Call a professional immediately if you notice a leak. Leaving leaks and water damage unattended will lead to serious problems with your property, including structural damage and mold growth.

Other Signs of Trouble

Pay attention to other signs of roof trouble like large patches of missing shingles or tiles and dark streaks on the roofing materials. You may also notice shingle granules in the gutters or on the ground. Granules help protect against the hot sun, but gradually wear off the shingles as they age. When all of the shingles are losing their granules, it is time to update the roof.

Keep Your Home Protected With a New Roof

Keeping you, your family, and your house protected is important. Many homeowners neglect their roofs unintentionally. It’s one of the main components of your home, so it’s important to understand its condition.

Your roof protects your house from harsh weather conditions and keeps your home safe and comfortable. If you’re wondering whether your home needs a roof replacement, look for these easy-to-notice signs. Call a few roofing companies for estimates to start the process of replacing the roof.

Outlook Home Inspections offers home inspections to North and South Carolina, in and around the Greater Charlotte area. Contact us to request an appointment.