Do I Need a New Roof?

Sooner or later, every roof needs to be replaced. If it is old and worn, limited repairs won't help. A roof tends to wear uniformly, and even the best roofing materials will eventually succumb to weathering.

The biggest enemies of roofing are the sun, wind, rain, hail (freeze thaw cycles) and seasonal temperature changes. Signs of a weathered roof are excessive loss of protective mineral granules and cracked, curled or missing shingles. Inspect the attic with a flashlight for signs of leaks. Check downspouts for signs of excessive granule loss. If a roof of standard shingles is more than 20 years old, it is a prime candidate for reroofing.

Use binoculars to inspect the roof from the ground. Walking on the roof is not only dangerous, it may also damage the shingles.