How to Tell If It’s Time for a New Roof

How to Tell If It’s Time for a New Roof

The roof of your home covers the biggest asset that one can own, so it definitely pays off to know the signs that something isn’t quite right with them. Thankfully, when roof repair work is needed, many of the things that show that there is damage are easy to see so you can even spot them from where you are standing on the ground.

A small leak can go unnoticed for years and years, which will cause a ton of damage before you can even detect that any roof repair is even required! Because of this, it’s a good call to go ahead and make a habit of inspecting the roof of your property regularly.

Roof replacement contractors usually offer free inspections, but even if you do have to pay money out of your pocket, it is definitely worth finding out the problem ahead of time. That being said, below are some of the most normal and easy to spot signs that you need roof repairs:

1. ROOF LEAKSold roof needs to be replaced

If you are looking for a leak in your home, it’s a good idea to start by checking out your roof uphill from where the stains are occurring. Look around and see if there is anything penetrating through your roof.

These are definitely the most common reasons for roof leaks that are found. These kinds of penetrations can be caused by plumbing, roof vents, chimneys, dormers or anything else sticking through your roof. From the inside, check for black marks, mold, water stains, etc.


When working on roof repairs, it’s a good idea to check out your roof for cracked housings on plastic roof vents and broken seams on metal ones.

It is definitely easy to just try and do a quick fix by throwing some kind of sealant on it, but trust me, that will not last very long. Honestly, the only way for a successful roof repair in this area is to fully replace the damaged vent.


Beware of roof cement! Sometimes when someone does a poor job with a roof repair, they will just throw this stuff up instead of actually taking the time to do a proper flashing job.

Old roof cement can crack and leak after your roofing contractor has already left with his check. This is something you definitely want to get right from the get-go.


When checking out your place for issues that require roof repairs, a good thing to check out is your gutter apron. If you have gutters but no apron to keep the water at bay, it will go behind the gutter and that is bad news. This will cause lots of unnecessary roof repairs. When you are getting new shingles, have your roof repair contractor throw in a gutter apron. This is the best time to make the installation.

You will always need to make roof repair adjustments to your home as long as you have one, but with tips like these, we hope that they won’t have to be so often!


Matt McWilliams

Hi there! My name is Matt and I write for Expert Home Report. I enjoy writing about everything related to home improvement, home tips and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either spending time with my family, doing a DIY project or learning a new skill.