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6 Common Red Flags that Suggest You Need a New Roof


Have you felt the need of roof replacement? Is it time to replace or repair your roof? It probably is, but how do you know that your roof is triggering red flag alarms?

Many homeowners tend to seek for roof leaks to figure out the signs. And this is exactly what you don’t want to do.

You don’t want to wait till the time one shingle knocks your brains out!

So I suggest, the quicker you understand the signs, the better it is. The last thing you would want to do is spend 5 – 10k on roof replacement which could have been prolonged with minor repairs.

Feed these 6 red flags of the home roof replacement in your mind & you are set to go.


Roof Age

Ask yourself a simple question – when did I install my roof? The solution can save you thousand bucks! Every kind of roof has a certain life span. So, just know the age of your roof to be able to guess your roof’s condition.

For example: If you have an asphalt roof, it’s estimated to last for least 15 years. So, if the roof is believed to have crossed 15 years, you need to call an inspection team.


There can’t be an  absolute sign of roof replacement than water leaking through attic. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you see water dripping in your home? Well, something must be leaking, right? Exactly!

However, it is not always required to replace the roof, to fix leaks. First, make sure whether the leak is the result of poor flashing or sharp penetration of roof. These are the problems that can be fixed without having to replace the roof.

Damaged, Missing or Loose Shingles

You step outside of your house, check the roofs, and what do you see? Few shingles are missing. Now that’s what you call a red flag.

There are numerous causes for lost or damaged shingles. Storm and hurricane have to be the main reason if you have to name it. So, if you notice cracks in numerous shingles or various gaps in roofs, this may call for roof replacement.

Loose Flashing

Flashing is another area that a homeowner must be concerned about. Flashing may be a metal flange, or one that is made up of cement, that is placed around roof’s penetration points. As time flies, flashing that holds the roof uptight moves away from the roof. This creates gaps for water to make their way into your home.

So, if you’re ok getting your hands dirty; grab a ladder, and check the firmness of flashings. If you see something flashy, call up an inspection team.

Granules in the Gutter

Finding granules in the gutter can never be a pleasant sight. Basically, granules are a kind of bonding mechanism that holds roof against the rays of the sun.

However, as time runs out of shingles, you will see granules losing its grip and falling off. Look no further than your gutters for the availability of shingle granules. If you find some, you know what you need to do.

Algae & Moss

Bacteria like algae and moss don’t always mean that you need roof replacement. For example: Cleaning issues can be one of the reasons why you have algae on your roof.

But presence of these types of fungi normally reflects that you may have a weak roof. These bacteria love hunting down granules. That means you might want to consider this red flag alarm.


So here it is folks- The 6 common points that I consider as a red flag for roof replacement. If you have been witnessing these problems in your home, you better move quickly. You don’t want to end up risking thousands in the quest of saving hundreds.

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