Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects your investment, adds value to your property, regulates heating and cooling and much more.  Roofs do not last forever and if yours is not properly maintained, it could lead to significant damage requiring a new roof.

These six signs can help you determine if you are in need of a new roof:

Missing Shingles

A few missing shingles are a common sign of wind damage and can be a quick repair.  Groups of lost shingles could be a sign that you might need a new roof. As your roof ages, the shingles tend to lose their adhesive characteristic, especially the slopes facing south and west.


Do you know when your roof was last replaced? The life of a roof varies depending on what it is made of, but a typical asphalt roof lasts between 20-25 years. If your roof was installed over an existing layer of shingles and has experienced severe storms and other damage, it could need a new roof sooner.

Aged Roof

Curled Shingles

When looking at the slope of your home, your shingles should lie flat on the roof. A few curled shingles can be repaired, patches of damaged shingles could mean your roof is nearing the end of its life.

curling roof shingles

Interior Water Spots

The purpose of a roof is to protect your home from elements such as rain.  Finding interior damage like water spots on your ceiling can be concerning. If an inspection shows that plumbing, windows or siding are not the culprit, it could mean your roof is damaged and leaking in one or multiple spots.

Granules In Gutters

When inspecting or cleaning out your gutters or downspouts, look for granules, or bits of asphalt, from your shingles. If your roof is relatively new, wind and severe storms can still cause some granules to loosen. However, if you are finding an excessive amount of granules in the gutter, it could be the result of storm damage.

granules in gutters

Neighborhood Action

In most neighborhoods, homes tend to be built around the same time and have experienced the same weather conditions. If you notice several of your neighbors replacing their roofs, there is a strong possibility yours may need it too.


Is your roof showing one or more of these signs?  We can inspect your roof to determine if a call to your homeowner’s insurance is needed and whether repairs or replacement are necessary. By working with your insurance provider, we can ensure the best possible outcome and keep you informed every step of the way.

At LJS Home Improvement General Contractors, we care about your investment. Let us help you protect it.
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