Owning a home comes with necessary maintenance and repairs to protect your investment. Sometimes this maintenance needs to be done on the interior and sometimes there are exterior improvements to be made. A roof often reaches the end of its life without you even knowing it. Having a failing roof can cause a moisture intrusion problem which can lead to mold and odor issues. Here are 4 signs you may need a new roof.

Curled or Damaged Shingles

Just standing back at your curb and looking up at your roof can tell you a lot about the state your roof is in. If you notice that the edges of your shingles have begun to curl upwards a bit this could mean that the shingles are aging and letting some moisture underneath, which can lead to structural damage. A few damaged shingles aren’t necessarily a big deal as they can be replaced. But if you notice more shingles are damaged than not, it might be a good idea to get a new roof.

Cracked Shingles

The shingles on your roof may be intact but when you get a closer look, you notice that the shingles have small cracks throughout them. This means the materials used to make the shingles are starting to break down and may be past their life expectancy. Most shingles are designed to last about twenty years or so. If you notice this time frame is approaching and there are visible problems, you may need a new roof.

Other Neighbors Are Getting Roofs

This tip only applies if you live in a subdivision that has homes that were all built during the same time. You don’t need a new roof just because your next door neighbor is getting one, but when you notice other homes in your area getting roofs, this may mean yours will need to be replaced soon. Chances are, most of the homes in your neighborhood were built around the same time and when one or two starts to go there is a good chance many more are going to follow in the near future.


You have probably seen streaks on roofs but weren’t sure what they were. Those dark streaks that appear on roofs and look like large drip marks are actually algae streaks. Though unsightly, algae growth does little damage to your home. While it is mainly a cosmetic concern, the algae tends to recur and the best thing to do is to replace the roof entirely, particularly to get a higher resale value if you’re selling your home.

Find Out if You Need a New Roof

Most people don’t feel comfortable climbing up onto their roof to periodically inspect the quality and integrity of the shingles, and rightfully so. It is best to hire a professional to inspect and evaluate your roof if you have any concerns

It is never a good idea to put off replacing your roof if you know that you need a new roof. This could lead to some serious structural problems that could be quite expensive, and air quality issues if a leak develops and moisture gets inside. Keep an eye out for warning signs that something is amiss with your roof and utilize a home inspection company or roof repair company to assess any issues. This will help protect your home investment.

Sanitize Solutions is a mold and odor remediation company based out of Des Moines, Iowa. To schedule an appointment or discuss our services, call (515) 778-8975.