4 Warning Signs You Need A New Roof This Spring

As you clean the debris off your roof and clean out your gutters this spring, make sure that you are also inspecting the condition of your roof. Here are five signs that you need to replace your existing roof this spring.

#1 Spongy Feelings To Your Roof

When you walk on your roof, it should feel strong and stable. You should not feel like you are walking across marshy land or a trampoline when you walk across your roof. If you feel like your roof is starting to feel more bouncy and less stable, that is a strong sign that your underlying decking on your roof has become weak. 

This generally happens over time as moisture makes its way into your underlying decking on your roof. Once this happens, your best option is to replace your entire roof to ensure its integrity.

#2 Shingle Granules Inside Of Your Gutters

As you clean your gutters this spring, pay attention to what is inside of them besides leaf and natural debris. Keep an eye out for granules from your shingles. If you see a lot of granules from your shingles inside of your gutters when you clean them, your shingles are letting you know that they are reaching the end of their life. When shingles start to get worn out, they start to shed granules. 

If you have spotted granules in your gutters, you are going to want to get your roof inspected in order to figure out how long you have until it has to be replaced.

#3 Large Chunks Of Missing Shingles

Over time, you may have a few shingles come loose and need to be replaced. However, you should not have large areas on your roof where chunks of shingles have come off. If you have more than one area on your roof where shingles have come off and created spaces greater than a couple of shingles across, you may need to look into having your roof replaced.

When large quantities of shingles on your roof are coming off, it is a fairly strong sign that your entire roof is nearing the end of its life.

#4 Damaged Valleys

The valleys on your roof are the areas where your roof meets. These lines, where your roof meets and comes together, are called valleys. These are often the most sensitive areas of your roof. When snow and water runs off your roof, it tends to gravitate first down towards the valleys and then into your gutters. 

That means your valleys need to be in good shape in order to direct water to the right destination on your roof and to keep it out of your home. When the valleys on your roof start to fall apart, the risk of water getting your home greatly increases. 

Keep an eye out for the warning signs listed above as you clean your roof this spring. If you notice any of the above warning signs, have your roof inspected by a professional who can give you an accurate estimate on how much life your roof has left in it and when you need to replace your roof by. To learn more, speak with a business like Berkeley Exteriors.