Your roof protects your family and home from the elements and is likely your most significant investment. Like many homeowners, you may be wondering if there’s a way to find out if you need a new roof. With that in mind, Quality Homes of Rochester has put together a list of the top six signs that you may need a new roof.

1. Roof Age

The easiest way to know if you need a new roof is to check on the roof age. If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s time to replace it. If you aren’t sure of your roof’s age, look around your neighborhood for other homes getting roofs replaced. Your home may be roughly the same age as those around it.

2. Missing, Cracked, or Curling Shingles

Shingles should lay flat against your roof. Areas of your roof that are missing shingles or have shingles that are damaged are open to water damage and leaks. While roof repair may be an option, if you are missing multiple shingles, consider replacing the entire roof.

3. Leaks or Water Damage

Take a look in your attic. Leaks can lead to rotting wood and extensive damage. Contact your roofing contractor if you find areas with dark stains or streaks. Don’t delay in taking care of these — small leaks will continue to get worse and will result in even more damage.

4. Cracked or Damaged Flashing

Flashing around vents, skylights, and chimneys protects the seams of your roof from rain and snow. If the flashing is cracked, water can get in and cause leaks and damage.

5. Moss Buildup

While moss in itself isn’t a problem, its presence may be an indicator of trapped moisture — which can ruin a roof. You can get rid of moss with a stiff brush or by spraying it with a high-pressure hose, but remember to check for underlying problems.

6. Sagging Roof

A sagging roof is a surefire sign you need a new roof. Sagging indicates significant roof damage, possibly with trapped moisture and rotting boards.

If you need a new roof, contact Quality Homes of Rochester at 585-429-5400 for a free estimate today.