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5 Warning Signs You Need a New Roof

Colorado roofs are built tough, but every roof will meet the end of its lifespan. We’re sharing 5 warning signs you need a new roof to keep you prepared.

Your residential roofing system is built to last even in the face of the worst Colorado weather. As tough as it is, it won’t last forever. So how do you know when your roof is nearing the end of its life? At CJ Roofing, we have decades of experience as Denver metro and Littleton residential roofing experts.

We’ve seen roofs fail in many ways and helped countless homeowners replace their aging or damaged roofing systems. So, what are the signs that tell us it’s time for a new roof?

Let’s take a look at five of the biggest warning signs you need a new roof!

Cracked, curled, or missing shingles

One of the easiest signs to spot out of all of these, damaged shingles are a good indicator that it’s time to replace your roof. Shingle damage can take many forms. For instance, shingles can become warped or curled over time due to exposure to the elements. They can also crack, chip, or even break off from your roof entirely.

Widespread damage to your shingles will expose vital parts of your residential roofing system to the harsh Denver weather. Thus, if your roof has a large number of damaged shingles, it’s probably time for a new one.

Granules in gutters or near downspouts

Sometimes shingles deteriorate less dramatically. A good example of this is when the protective asphalt granules on your shingles come free, weakening them against impacts such as hail and exposing your roof to sun damage. It can be hard to spot this kind of damage, but there’s an easy workaround: check your gutters! Loose asphalt granules will be carried away by water and settle in your home’s gutters or near downspouts.

Finding a few granules isn’t a big deal, but if they’re starting to pile up, you’ll want to call your preferred Denver and Littleton area residential roofing company.

Roof sagging

Ask any residential roofing professional and they’ll tell you that if your home’s roof is visibly sagging, the time to replace it is right now. While shingle damage is cause for a new roof, it’s not necessarily a dangerous situation. A sagging roof, on the other hand, suggests deeper structural damage to your roof, such as issues with the decking or even the roof’s frame. In extreme cases, this situation can be a precursor to a collapse. So, if your roof is visibly sagging, don’t hesitate to have it replaced!

Interior signs of damage

Not all signs of trouble are outside on your roof. In fact, some of the clearest signs that you need to replace your roof are just beneath it! If you’re worried about the health of your roof, a good place to investigate is your home’s attic.

If you notice water damage or feel a draft, this is a sign that your roof isn’t doing its job properly. You also might see daylight coming in through the roof. This is also a bad sign, as anywhere light can come through, air and water can, as well. So, next time you’re checking your roof for signs of damage, don’t forget to head up to the attic!

Roof older than expected lifespan

Denver residential roofing systems are typically built to withstand the worst Mother Nature can throw at them. Even so, every roof has an expiration date. While it’s not uncommon for a roof to last well beyond its expected lifespan, knowing how many years your roof is expected to last can help you be prepared to replace it when the time comes. If repairs have become more frequent in recent years, and your roof is near the end of its expected life, it’s likely time to install a new roof.

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CJ Roofing: Experts in Littleton Residential Roofing

Here at CJ Roofing, we’ve worked in the Denver metro and Littleton area residential roofing industry for more than four decades—since 1978, in fact! If that experience has taught us anything, it’s that keeping up with roof maintenance and replacing your roof when needed is the surest way to avoid much costlier damage down the line.

If you’re worried your roof might need replacing, don’t hesitate to give CJ Roofing a call! Our expert team can perform a full inspection and present you with an action plan for your roof. Contact us today to get started!