You’ve been putting it off for months, maybe years but one too many shingles have fallen off to ignore it any longer. Let’s face it you may need to repair or replace your roof. Delaying the inevitable could lead to bigger problems for your home. It’s time to make roof repair a priority. Here’s how to know when to repair or replace your roof.

Leaks Inside Your Home

You expect your roof to keep your home dry, so if you’re noticing water coming in, it may be time to call a professional to see if you need a roof replacement or repair. To help minimize the risk of long-term damage, it’s important to regularly check your attic for leaks – especially after a big rain storm.

Check Your Shingles

What are your shingles telling you? There are several tell-tale signs it may be time for a roof repair or replacement.

  • Loose shingles
  • Curled shingle edges
  • Cracked shingles
  • Dark streaks
  • Bald spots from missing granules
  • Missing shingles

Step back and take a hard look at your shingles. You can even check the gutter for granules. Granules tend to pile up in your gutter toward the end of the shingle’s expiration.

Notice Daylight Coming Through

A little natural light coming into your home is good … right? Well, only if it’s coming in through your window. If it’s coming in through your attic, that’s probably not a good sign. When you’re in the attic, be sure to look for any spots where daylight is coming through the roof boards. This could be a sign the roof is in need of repairs.

Figure Out When the Last Roof Replacement or Repair Was

Did you buy your home years ago and it’s been even longer since your home’s roof has been replaced? The average age for a roof to last depends on the materials used. For instance, asphalt shingles typically last 20 years, but a metal roof can last much longer. You may need a new roof even if you think your current one doesn’t look aged or worn.

Look Closely for Water Stains on Your Ceiling and Walls

If you see water staining on your ceiling or walls, the leak could be coming from your roof. You’ll want to locate the culprit for the leak before you repair the ceiling or wall. If the originating issue isn’t repaired first, the staining will continue to occur.


Catching small issues before they become bigger problems is important when it comes to the health of your home. Regular inspections and maintenance by a professional can help you prolong the life of your roof. When it comes time to make repairs or replace your roof be sure to do your research on home contractors. And, don’t forget to schedule your annual SuperCheck with your local Farm Bureau agent to help ensure you’re receiving all the discounts you may qualify for.