Are you wondering if it’s time for a new roof? Asphalt shingle roofs typically last anywhere between 20-25 years. A number of factors determine how long your roof in particular will last, such as your home’s exposure to the elements, how often you have routine maintenance performed on your roof, and the quality of the original installation.

So, how do you know when it’s time for a new roof? Here are the top 5 tell-tale signs:

1. Your roof is approaching the 20 year mark.

Asphalt roofs typically last 20-25 years. However, once your roof nears the 20 year mark, you need to go ahead and prepare to replace your roof. That means you should have a roofing professional come out to inspect your roof to see if it’s time to replace it. 

If you moved into a preowned home and you’re not sure how old your roof is, you can contact your real estate agent and/or the previous owners to see if they can tell you the age of the roof.

If you plan on selling your home in the near future, and your roof is close to 20 years old, it’s also a good idea to replace your roof. This will increase your home’s resale value and help you get more money for your home in addition to selling it more quickly.

2. Your roof was damaged by a storm.

No matter the age of your roof, if it received serious damage from a storm, such as a tree falling through your roof, or wind blowing off a number of shingles, it might be more cost efficient to replace the entire roof instead of only repairing part of it.

As soon as the damage happens, you should call a roofing professional to come out and inspect the damage. They can tell you whether you can repair part of the roof or if you’ll need to replace the entire roof.

3. You have a roof leak.

If you notice any signs of a roof leak, such as water stains in your home’s interior or puddles in your attic, then you might need a new roof. A roof leak is something that needs immediate attention, so you should not wait to call a roofing professional once you suspect that you have a leak; delaying this call will only lead to more serious damage the longer you wait.

Depending on the cause of the leak, the extent of the damage, and the age of your roof, your roof may be able to be repaired, or it may need to be replaced altogether.

4. You can see sagging on your roof.

If your roof visibly sags, there is definitely going on that you don’t need to ignore. This could be a sign of a structural issue dealing with your home’s framing, or it could be that your roof deck is waterlogged and your roof needs to be replaced.5.

5. Your shingles are showing signs of wear and tear.

There are a number of ways that your shingles can start to show wear and tear. Once you begin to notice any of these signs, it might be time to replace your roof, and you should have a roofing professional come out to see.

If you notice that your shingles are losing their granules, or you see these granules accumulating in your gutters, it could be time for a new roof. Or, if you notice any of your shingles starting to curl, warp, or crack, this may be another sign.

If you notice any of these signs of roofing damage, be sure to have a roofing professional come out immediately to inspect your roof.

If you choose Housetop Roofing to install, repair, and maintain your roof, we promise that you’ll get the most life out of your roof. So, give us a call at Housetop Roofing in Wake Forest, NC.