The roof is a critical component of your house that protects you and your belongings from sun, wind, and rain. Because of constant exposure to the elements, the roof may sustain damage and require repairs. Call a professional to make repairs and offer advice about when it’s time to replace your roof.

Replace Your Roof if You Notice These Signs

1. Warped or Curled Shingles

Warping or curled shingles indicate older roofing materials and shingles that are deteriorating. Warping can occur due to excess moisture. This is often a combination of aging shingles and moisture in the attic space.

2. Algae Growth

Algae growth is caused by moisture and shingles that are compromised can support its growth. You may notice dark spots of algae, moss, or mold. Patches of moss, mold, or algae can be cleared away, but if they reoccur, it may be time for a new roof.

3. Granules in the Gutters

Shingles are covered in a layer of granules that provide UV protection. As shingles age, they will shed granules. If you notice granules in the gutters or at the bottom of your downspouts, this could be a sign that it’s time to replace your roof.

4. Missing Shingles

After heavy rains or strong winds, you may notice that a few shingles are missing. Often, this is a quick and easy repair. A few missing shingles are not a major problem. However, if you frequently have to replace shingles and large patches that are missing, this often means it’s time to replace the roof.

5. Mold in the Attic Indicates it’s Time to Replace Your Roof

Moisture and mold growth in the attic is a sign that you need a roof replacement. If roofing materials are damaged, they can allow rainwater into your attic. Water stains on roof supports, mold growth, and damp insulation mean that the roofing above is starting to fail.

Examine your attic in the daytime, looking for gaps where sunlight shows through. If you see sunlight, water can also get in and lead to structural problems. Talk to a professional roofer to learn about options for roof repairs and replacement.

There are many signs that your roof is beginning to fail. If you have concerns, hire a professional to assess the situation. A roofer will make repairs and offer advice about the best types of materials for your roof replacement.

Vancouver Home Inspections offers inspections to customers in the Greater Vancouver area. Contact us to request our services.