Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. When it fails, it can cause serious problems for you and your home. To keep this from happening, you should stay on top of maintenance and repairs. But how do you know when getting a new roof is more beneficial than repairing the one you have? Look for the following signs when determining which is right choice for your home.

If you notice any curling on the edges of your roof’s shingles, it could indicate that your roof has lived to the very end of its usefulness. Shingles curl due to many circumstances, including years of extreme weather, improper ventilation of the roof, improper roof installation, defective shingles, and installation of new shingles over an existing layer. For full correction, a new roof is often recommended in each of these situations.

Shingle granules should not be anywhere except of the tabs of a shingle. When they pool up in the rain gutters around your home, they can indicate that your entire roof is aged to its limit and is in need of replacement. Shingles are designed to hold onto these granules through pounding UV rays, inclement weather of all types, and high winds. When these granules begin to detach, it indicates extensive wear and age.

Soft spots on the roof and discoloration under or along damaged or missing shingles can indicate that moisture is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately. Signs of rot, mold, and roof sagging can indicate that a part of your roof’s structure is failing. This will often require major roof repair to the wooden rafters and sheathing, including a repair to any supporting areas of the roof that have been in repeat contact with moisture.


Loose material on your roof around chimneys, vents, and pipes can indicate that there is water penetration occurring on a regular basis. Loose fittings could be indicative that a repair is in order. However, correctly diagnosing these issues is often difficult. To ensure your inspection is done properly, enlist the help of a trained roofer who knows the complexity of today’s modern roofs.