5 Signs It’s Time to Redo Your Roof

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The roof is a major component of the home that protects the interior setting from damage or exposure to environmental elements. Although the structure is extremely durable, it can begin to wear down over time as it ages. Here are a few signs that it’s time to redo your roof with the help of a professional.

Missing or Loose Shingles

Older roofs that are failing are prone to having loose or missing shingles on the roof deck. You may notice that the tiles or shingles land in the yard after a storm passes through or on a windy day. There may also be shingle granules that accumulate in your rain gutters. The summer heat can also cause the shingles to curl back and cause the roof deck to become exposed.

Worn Flashing

The flashing that is installed on your chimney and vents should be inspected to determine if it’s lifted or has rust that is present. Worn flashing will allow moisture to get into the building and can cause leaks or water stains to develop.

The Age of the Roof

As a homeowner, you’ll need to take the age of the roof into consideration when determining when it needs to be replaced. Most roofs last an average of 20 to 25 years before they begin to fail. The type of roofing material that is installed on the home will also influence how long it lasts. Clay tiles, metal panels, and slate tiles all have longer lifespans than asphalt shingles.


Leaks that continue to develop in the home are a sign that the roof is no longer protecting the interior setting from water damage. SF Gate says that even newer roofs can begin to leak if sticks or other debris “trap water against the roof and allow it to seep in by capillary action.” You may find leaks on a frequent basis and are always hiring a professional to seal the holes or cracks that form.


Older roofs that are no longer structurally sound can begin to sag over time. Sagging that is present on different parts of the roof can make the structure vulnerable to caving in if too much pressure is applied. Sagging will also affect the curb appeal of the property and can reduce the value of your home.

Your home is more than your largest asset – it represents security for you and your family. You want to improve the quality of your house and protect it in each season of the year. It may be time to re-roof the building.  Submit a request today for a estimate. With a new roof, you won’t have to worry about leaks that develop or damage that can occur with new materials that are installed.

Written by
Terry Slate
Terry is the Vice President of Slate & Slate Roofing and has over 28 years of experience with both residential and commercial roofing. He specializes in metal roofing, composition roofing, and PVC membrane roofing.