5 Signs Your Roof is in Distress

5 Signs Your Roof is in Distress

Now that the weather is finally warming up, have you taken the time to inspect your roof for damage? Believe it or not, there’s more to spotting roofing issues than just looking for leaks. Check out our five sure-fire signs to figuring out if your roof is in distress.

  1. Shingles: Are your shingles curling or buckling? This is a dead giveaway that you need to replace your roof. Pay close attention to the shingles that receive direct sunlight. If your roof color is spotty, it is a sign that it’s time your shingles need to be replaced.
  2. Chimney Flashing: Chimney flashing consists of the sheet of metal that connects the roof and the chimney making it water tight. If your flashing is made up of cement or tar, you may need to replace it with a long-term, metal flashing system.
  3. Gutters: Whenever you clean out your gutters, take note of the number of shingle granules present. Towards the end of its lifespan, your roof will lose a lot of granules that find their way into the gutter.
  4. Stability: Notice a trampoline-like bounce or a spongy feel when walking on your roof? This indicates that it has been weakening over time due to an underlying moisture issue. Valleys: Roof valleys are arguably the most important piece of your roof. They navigate rain and snow into your gutters. If a valley is damaged it could cause roof leaks. Inspect your roof valleys thoroughly, checking for damaged, crumbling, or missing shingles in these areas.
  5. Age: Roofs are meant to last about 20-25 years. There are a few factors that go into determining the age of your roof. The question is — was the old roof removed or was a layer (or layers) of shingles installed over the original? If the base layer is over 20 years old, odds are you need a new roof — even if a new layer of shingles was installed just 5 years ago.

If you discover a problem with your home’s roof, trust the professionals at Fairfield County Exteriors to expertly repair or replace it. We’ve received an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and service the greater Fairfield and New Haven area. Contact us today for a free estimate: 203-375-9700!


  • It’s interesting to me how you pointed out that gutters are important since rain and snow drain into them, and then away from the home. I noticed that part of the gutters on my home are peeling away in some spots. Does this make me at a higher risk to have water damage and moisture accumulation within the walls of my home?

  • I notice that there are granules falling off the gutter and a frequent stain on our ceiling. I through it there’s just one hole on our roof but it is, apparently, the shingles getting baked in the sun and breaking. My wife and I had a bit of an argument over what could it mean. I suppose asking a professional or going on the internet could have saved us from a 10-minute back-and-forth. Anyway, I suppose that it would be time soon to replace the shingles on our roof. Thanks for the great tips!

  • It sure was good to know that one of the signs that the roof is in need of a replacement is if we see the shingles buckling or curling. The only problem is that the roof is not older than ten years yet, so I do not think replacing it is an option. Though I did see a few of the shingles curling. I will call a roofer to see what can be done to save the roof. Thank you.

  • It sure got my attention when you said that the curling of the shingles is a dead give away that the roof needs to be replaced soon. I did, in fact, noticed some of the shingles buckling and curling a few days ago. However, I honestly hope that it is not up for a replacement since the roof is fairly new. I will call a pro to give it a check though. Thanks!

  • Last week my husband when to the roof of our house and noticed that it was a little bit unstable while trying to walk. I liked that you mentioned that a weird feeling while walking on your roof is a sign of damage. We will make sure to call a roofing contractor to evaluate the situation and find the best solution for us.

  • My husband and I noticed that the shingles in my grandmother’s house are curling. As you mentioned, that is a sign that your roof needs repair. I will contact a roofing contractor to help my grandmother with her problem.

  • I was not aware that the lifespan of a roof is around 20-25 years. My husband and I were thinking that the roof of my mother’s house may need repair, and we are looking for advice. I will call a professional contractor to help my mother with her roof.

  • It’s interesting to know that curling or buckling shingles are a sign that you need roof repair. My brother noticed that the shingles at my mother’s house are curling, and we are looking for advice. I will call a roofing company to help her with her roofing company.

  • My mother’s roof has been around for over 28 years ad I think it’s time to replace it. Thank you for this; I’m glad you mentioned that roofs are meant to last for about 20-25 years. I guess it’s time for us to look for a roofing contractor that can start the roof replacement.

  • I liked that you mentioned you need to inspect your gutters for signs of granulates to determine if your roof needs repairs. My mother’s helper noticed that her roof looks damaged, and we are looking for advice. I will let her know about the benefits of calling a roofing contractor to help her.

  • It’s interesting to know that you need to consider having your roof inspected at the first sign of curling shingles. My wife noticed that some of the shingles at my mother’s roof are damaged, and we are looking for advice about what to do. I will let her know about your recommendations to keep her roof in good shape.

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