Finding a leak in your roof or a curling shingle doesn’t need to be the end of the world, nor does it necessarily mean that you need to replace your entire roof. Sometimes those smaller issues mean that you need to do a few minor repairs to get your roof back into shape.
Here are 4 helpful tips to determine if your roof needs only minor repairs or replacing:
Cracked, Curling, or Missing Shingles
Shingles that are cracked, curling, or missing are never a good sign, but they may not indicate a complete replacement of your roof. If the damaged shingles are in one small area, or it is only one or two shingles, you will be able to do some minor repair work. However, if quite a few of your shingles are showing damage or it is scattered over numerous areas of your roof, you are looking at a complete roof replacement.
As you are in your attic checking for water damage under your roof, you may start to panic if you find a small area that has clumping insulation or a small water stain. These smaller areas of water damage usually signify that there is a small hole in your roof somewhere, and you can normally fix it easily without replacing your entire roof. If you spot large areas that have water damage, you will need to replace your roof.
Your shingles are not going to be too helpful if they are missing quite a few granules, but if only a few shingles are going bald, you can get away with a few minor repairs where you simply replace those shingles. Once a large area of shingles begins to lose their granules, it will be time to replace your roof.
Age of Roof
A roof that is only ten years old should not need to be replaced, as it should still have at least ten more years before the shingles are at the end of their life span. If your roof is at least twenty years old, you really should consider replacing it, even if you only have a small spot that needs minor repairs.
If you are like many people, you normally ignore your roof until you have major issues with it, but you should really be out there inspecting it at least once a year. The reason for this is if you catch a few problems when they are small, you can normally get away with minor repairs, instead of needing your whole roof replaced.