Over five million homeowners have new roofs installed every year. A new roof is one of the biggest investments for your home. The average cost of a new roof varies from $5,000 to $100,000 depending on the type and size of the roof.

Investing in roof repair is cheaper and could add years to the life of your roof.

Read on to learn more about the seven signs your roof needs repairs.

Need Roof Repair?

If you have a small leak or other problem, don’t assume you need a whole new roof. But don’t wait until you see a leak. Regular maintenance helps prolong the life of your roof. It also stops small problems before they become big.

Keep an eye out for these seven signs that you need roof repair.

Curled, Cracked, or Missing Shingles

Take a close look at the shingles. Are they curled at the ends? If the shingles are curling at the ends or if they’re cracked, they’re nearing the end of their lifespan. If there are missing shingles, that’s a big sign you need some roof repairs.

Shingle Granules in the Gutter

Do you see something that looks like black sand in your gutters? This is a sign that your shingles are wearing. In this case, it’s possible you’ll need a new roof. But, repairs may buy you some time.

Look for Wear and Tear Around Roof Objects

Areas around the chimney, vent pipes and other objects are subject to wear first. Take a careful look at these areas.

If you see signs of wear, it’s possible minor roof repairs will fix the situation. Get these areas looked at by a professional as soon as possible to avoid leaks.

Check the Attic

If you don’t go in your attic on a regular basis, it’s time to start. After a big storm, take a look up in the attic for any signs of water. There could be leaking that hasn’t made its way to your ceiling.

If you do see some water, it’s possible you need flashing repair.

Also look for light peeking through. If light can come through, so can water.

Sagging Rafters

While you’re in the attic, take a look at the rafters. Are they sagging? If so, that could be a sign of moisture leaking into the attic from the roof.

Ceiling and Wall Stains

If you have stains on your ceiling, have the roof checked. Leaks aren’t always big, and you may not notice a small stain. Take a few minutes now and then to inspect the ceiling and walls for stains.

Blistering and Peeling Paint

Upon installation, your roof should be well ventilated. A poorly ventilated roof allows moisture and humidity buildup near the roofline. This causes paint to peel. If you see peeling paint near the roofline, call a professional.

Call A Professional

Now you know how to determine if you need roof repair. Check for yourself or use a professional. Routine maintenance helps avoid the need for an expensive premature roof replacement.

But if you need a new roof, don’t put it off. It could cost you more than a roof if you wait too long.

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