Just like many good things in life, your home roof will not last forever. After long years of protecting your household from the wind, snow, rain, and other elements, it will soon show signs of wear and tear and may ultimately require a replacement. Replacing an entire roof is not cheap. The good news is you can avoid expensive roof replacement if you are able to detect the damage early on.

Signs of disrepair in the roof system often go unnoticed until the problem becomes unmanageable. A regular roof inspection is necessary to spot the warning signs of structural issues that may lead to damage or the need for replacement. Inspecting the roof on your own can be dangerous. If you do not have the proper equipment (e.g., ladder and safety harness), and you are not physically prepared to do it, call a reliable roofing service.

If you can handle it on your own, remember to practice safety precautions at all times. Here are some simple ways to tell if your roof needs to be repaired:

Broken or Missing Tiles or Shingles

The shingles on your roof will eventually crack and disintegrate. A simple, visual inspection can tell if you need to have them replaced. Misshapen shingles is a bad sign. Shingles should lie flat to let rain run off easily without reaching the wood underneath. Bent, torn, or broken shingles do not offer the protection your home needs. If you find grit in your rain gutter, it is also a sign that your shingles are deteriorating.

Sagging Roof Deck

Roof disrepair can also be assessed inside the home. Go to the attic and check if your roof is sagging. You may notice that your roof is sagging in several places. Dips in the roofline could mean serious damage underneath the roofing materials. You must determine the extent of the damage before replacing any material on the roof. Underlying problems must be addressed before you install new shingles or rafters. Have a knowledgeable contractor check what causes the sagging and ask for possible options to fix it.

Higher Energy Bills

If your electricity bills are higher than normal, it means your roofing system must be evaluated. Your roof insulates your home and provides a barrier to prevent heat and cold from entering. Insulation problems in your roof and attic can lead to excessive energy loss. Pay close attention to your monthly payments – if it increases dramatically, have a roofing company examine your roofing system.

Leaks in the Attic

It can’t be stressed enough that regular inspection of your roof and attic is important. If your shingles are damaged, water will leak inside. Water damage is a serious problem. Even a small leak can lead to big and expensive problems later on. A leaking roof may cause mold growth, rotted framing, and damaged ceiling. After a storm, examine your attic and look for drips and pooling water. Be sure to have the issue dealt with immediately before it causes further damage.

Mold Growth

You can assess moisture accumulation by checking for mold growth in the ceiling. Cosmetic mold growths may be harmless and can be fixed by simple scrubbing. The toxic ones may need to be handled by a roofing service company or mold inspectors. Water leaks from the roof or attic can also cause mold contamination. Furthermore, it can cause structural issues such as wood decay. If the source of moisture comes from the leaky roof, simply fixing the leak or replacing the ceiling tiles is enough.