4 Warning Signs you Need a New Roof

February 16, 2022

We all need a roof over our heads. Unfortunately, most of us neglect the literal roofs over our heads, which work hard to protect us from the dangerous weather extremities. That can lead to a path of excessive damage and extensive repair costs that you’d rather avoid. When you look after this trusted friend, you will enjoy its benefits. Here are some warning signs that you need a new roof:

Plant growth

If you notice any mildew, algae, or mold on your walls and ceiling, it is a sure sign that you have leaky roof or condensation problems. It is also a signal that your roof needs some work. The plants on your roof may create a medieval feel for your home, but they are bad news for your roof. Algae damage your shingles by eating away at them, causing them to rot eventually. Algae are commonly present in gutters and places that are damp and humid. Mould is more than an eyesore. Well, mould pose a significant health risk to you and your loved ones. Moss, too, can be detrimental. They bring more moisture to the roof surface. That contributes to the rotting of the wood on shingles. If plant life on your roof is thriving, you may need to call a professional to assess if things are ok.

Persistent leaks

One of the tell-tale signs that you are due for a new roof is experiencing roof leaks. Roof leaks may be hard to track, and most repairs tend to prove futile. See if there are any signs of water seeping into your home at the attic. Check for ice dams on your roof too. When water flowing from your roof meet an ice dam, it can start to run under the shingles and cause leakages. You are lucky if the leaks are limited to one area of the roof because then you may not need to replace the entire roof. Even then, you can not put off repairs for too long. The problem could end up being more severe and cost even more to salvage. Contact a Haslett Roofing Contractor to assess the damage and advise you on the way forward.

Granules in the gutter

The shingles on your roof have granules that add colour and reflect UV rays from the sun. The granules may come off due to constant heat exposure and weathering. With the granular loss, your roof’s capacity to be effective is compromised. Extensive granule loss can result in roof failure. Check your gutter for shingle granules. If present, call a roofing contractor to assess the situation.


Wind damage is a significant culprit for roof cracks. The crack may be present in only a few shingles. If that is the case, replacing a few shingles may suffice. However, if the cracks are all over the roof, a roof replacement may be unavoidable. Go to the attic, turn the lights off, then look up at the roof. If there is some light peeking through, it means that you have holes and cracks that a professional roofer should attend to as soon as possible.

Final remarks

Roofs, regardless of their material, falter when they exceed their lifespan. Even without the signs above, you still need your roof when it nears the end of its life. Different roofing materials have varying life expectancies. Check the age of your roof to know if your need a replacement.  

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