There are plenty of things around the house that require regular maintenance, upkeep and, unfortunately, even regular replacement. These are the types of projects that can build on your to-do list and homeowners tend not to look outside that list all too often. However, there are plenty of large projects around the home that are equally important, and homeowners should be aware of what these are. The roof is an excellent example.

All too often the roof is a secondthought that only gets attention once something is wrong. While there are big red flags that you should watch for, there are also other warning signs that may not be as obvious. Here’s a simple guide you can use to help determine when it’s time to replace a roof.

Missing Shingles

One of the more obvious signs that your roof needs replacing is missing shingles. It could just be a few random shingles or large sections of your roof. This sort of damage can occur after a big storm – particularly one with heavy winds – or it can be the age and normal wear and tear. If the roof is in generally good condition everywhere else and isn’t too old, you may be able to just do a repair job rather than a total replacement.

Shingles are Curling Upwards

While you may not be missing any shingles, you may notice that they are starting to curl upwards. This is a sign that they have dried out and become brittle. This also means they are more prone to breakage or being ripped right off. Again, it can be in certain sections due to drainage and excess sun exposure, or it can be the entire roof where you see it happening. This is something you can spot from the ground, so there is no need to go up on the roof and take a look.

Leaks Inside the Home

Here’s a sign that you never want to deal with, and it tends to point to a big problem. If you have water leaking from the ceiling on the top floor of your house, there’s a good chance it is related to the roof. This is the kind of issue you don’t want to ignore or put off, since it needs to be assessed and repaired immediately. Besides being an issue with the roof, if it is left to continue leaking, then you can have some pretty extensive and expensive repairs inside the home.

The Age of Your Roof

The age of your roof can certainly help you to plan when it’s time to replace your roof, but it shouldn’t be the only factor you consider. This tends to go hand-and-hand with other warning signs and issues.

The typical age of a roof is 20 to 25 years but, again, this is an estimate. It will depend on the material used, the quality of the materials, how well the roof was installed, the climate you live in, how prone you are to severe weather if damage has occurred, and more.

You Notice Drooping or Saggy Spots on the Roof

A roof that is in good condition should be level, with no droops or saggy spots. If you do see signs like these, it can point to moisture damage. Professional roofers can do an inspection on the roof and these areas will tend to feel squishy or bouncy thanks to the moisture.

Unfortunately, moisture damage will degrade the integrity of the roof, so this can be quite dangerous to leave. This is another warning sign that should be addressed immediately.

You See Moss and Vegetation Growing on the Roof

While this doesn’t happen to every roof, it’s certainly a sign to watch for. If you start to see moss growing, it’s time to take notice. The good news about this sign is that it may not necessarily mean you need to replace the roof. Experts tend to suggest cleaning it first and seeing if that is good enough.

So, what’s the problem with vegetation growing? It is known to attract wildlife and critters, which then may try to get in the house. This is not ideal, and they will end up causing damage. The moss can also end up causing permanent damage to the roofing materials.

Can You See Sunlight Through the Roof?

The final sign is that you can see sunlight coming in through the roof into the interior. This points to leaks and cracks, which means it won’t be able to prevent the rain from getting in. If you’re up in the attic looking for signs of this sort of issue, be sure to also look for water stains on the roof boards.

The roof of your home plays a very important role and therefore needs to be kept in good condition at all times. Knowing what signs to watch for and then replacing the roof when necessary will ensure it remains in good condition.