If your roof has recently sprung a leak, you may be worried that it's time for a new roof. While the problem could simply be damage to an area of your roof, it's important to know when it's time for your roof to be replaced completely. When you have a leak and it gets repaired, this may buy you some time. If your roof is reaching 25 years old, it's time to start thinking about a roof replacement. When your roof is much younger, you may need to have your roof inspected to make sure it has been installed correctly. 

If Your Shingles are Starting to Curl

When your shingles start to curl, this means that they are losing their ability to protect your roof from the elements. While you may have a few years before the asphalt shingles completely fail, curling shingles show that your roof is getting old. Even if your roof is less than 20 years old, asphalt shingles that are exposed to extreme weather may age more rapidly than those in moderate areas. 

When Complete Shingles are Missing

If you have missing shingles on your roof and you haven't noticed any leaks, it's either not raining often or you haven't looked close enough. You can keep patching up the missing shingles, but if this problem continues you will need to replace the entire roof. In addition, it's almost impossible for new shingles to match with old ones. Too many patches, and your roof isn't going to be uniform in color, detracting from the overall look of your home.

If There's Wind Damage on Your Roof

You may find a number of cracked shingles on your roof, and this is usually due to wind damage. If the wind damage appears random and is throughout your entire roof, it's time to think about replacing your roof. While you can fix small areas of damage, widespread cracks indicate that your shingles won't provide protection from the elements much longer.

There are a number of situations where you need to call for help right away when it comes to your roof. If your roof sustains damage from a fallen tree, this needs to be repaired right away. If shingles are blown off from bad weather, they need to be replaced immediately. If you notice that your roof is sinking in a particular area, this is a sign that you have damage to the structure beneath your roof and this needs to be assessed right away, such as by Grissom Contracting.