When it comes to your roof, it pays to be proactive. Most people know to schedule a repair once they notice a roof leak, but how do you know when your roof needs to be replaced?

All it takes is one storm to turn roof damage into an emergency. Regularly assessing the state of your roof can be the biggest advantage to any homeowner. 

Are you wondering if you need a roof replacement? We’ve put together five tell tale signs, and where to look for roof damage. If you notice any of these signs, be sure to give us or a local roofing contractor a call right away to schedule a complimentary roof inspection. 

Multicolored shingles that indicate roof rot and decay

Roof Leaks 

It may seem simple, but roof leaks are the easiest way to tell if your roof is damaged. Small leaks, while not an immediate emergency, can create an environment for mold and moss to grow in between the layers of your roof damaging it from the inside out. This can lead to more extreme damage in the future and a more costly repair.

If you notice any of the following in your home, you may need to take immediate action:

  • Water stains on ceilings or walls
  • Dripping sounds
  • Light coming in through cracks or holes in the roof
  • Moss
  • High humidity levels 
  • Musty smell 

Hail damage can also lead to leaks. Learn how to spot problematic hail damage on your roof before the issue gets worse.

Curling or Missing Shingles 

If you’re missing shingles or find that the ends of your shingles are curling, it’s a sign that your roof has reached its expiration date. 

Shingles can begin to curl after years of moisture and heat exposure or due to poor attic ventilation. If your shingles are buckling, or moving out of place, it can be a sign that the rest of your roof is deteriorating quickly. 

For tiled roofs, missing tiles might mean the sealants and flashing need to be replaced. This deterioration can let in leaks, let tiles slip out of position, or even fall away completely.

Clogged Gutters

Gutters are the key to preventing moisture damage. It’s important to keep your gutters clear of any obstructions in order to keep the water off your roof. 

An easy way to identify damage to your shingles is to check for pieces of shingles in your gutter. If you find any pieces, then your roof could be susceptible to greater water damage and roof decay.


Cracked shingles signaling roof damage

Roof Cracks

Wind damage is the most common cause of cracked shingles. However, if you notice cracks over the entirety of your roof it may be a sign that just replacing those shingles won’t solve the problem. Randomly dispersed cracks across your roof is a telltale sign that a roof replacement is necessary. 

You can also check for cracks by assessing your attic. If you see light coming in through your roof, you should schedule a repair as soon as possible.


Damaged Flashing or Decking

Flashing works with your underlayment to keep water from getting underneath the shingles. If you notice missing or rusting flashing around your chimney, vent pipes, or in valleys between roof parts, water could be seeping into your attic and accumulate over time. 

Decking is placed at the base of your roof and supports all the other layers on top. If your decking is damaged, it’s likely that the rest of your roof is as well and a replacement is in order. Water damage to your decking can cause warping, bending, and rot which can lead to complete roof failure. 



There may not be any visual signs that your roof needs to be replaced, but deterioration from old age can be a ticking time bomb waiting to explode. 

It pays to know the expected lifespan of your roofing materials. Roofs that have wood or asphalt shingles can have a life expectancy of 15-30 years. With shingled roofs, it will help to know how many layers of shingles there are and the quality of ventilation.

Foothills Roofing & Exteriors only uses premium products that have a lifespan of up to 50 years. As a Malarkey Certified Pro we only install complete Malarkey roof systems and include an Emerald Pro Warranty on every roof installation. Our products are also backed by a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty so that we can assure quality on every roof we install. 

Foothills Roofing & Exteriors team poses with the Equipter

As a homeowner, you probably have a lot of projects around the house occupying your time so a roof replacement might not seem necessary- until it’s too late. If you identify any signs of roof damage, you should call a local contractor to come out and take a look.

When it comes to your roof, it pays to be proactive. Don’t wait until it’s too late to deal with your roof replacement! 

If you’re in need of professional roofing in the Denver, Colorado metro area, Foothills Roofing & Exteriors offers fast service and complimentary roof inspections. Give us a call today or click here to use our online roofing calculator for an instant quote!