6 Signs of a Failing Roof: How to Tell if You Need a New Roof

Most people don’t realize they need a new roof until they see leaks in the ceiling. Of course, you can get those leaks repaired, but in some cases, installing a new roof might be the better solution.

Here is how to tell if you need a new roof. (Hint!: Our simulated shake roofing or synthetic slate roof shingles are a good solution for roof replacements).

6 Signs that You Need More Durable Roofing

There are there are several things you can look for to spot if your roof is failing. Check your roof for the following signs – if you see any of these happening, it’s time to call a contractor for an evaluation.

How important is that leak? Use these DaVinci pointers on how to tell if you need a new roof.

Curling of shingles

Curling of shingles is an indication that you might need a new roof. Take a look at the slopes of the roof. Do you notice any shingles that are curling or losing granules? If you see curling or granule loss, your shingles may be past their prime.


If the shingles are beginning to fall apart, it is a clear sign that you need to get a new roof. Missing shingles in the valleys of your roof are particularly dangerous. If shingles in the valleys are missing, the roof might develop leaks.

Chimney flashing

This area, too, deserves your attention. If the flashing mainly consists of tar or roof cement, you will probably have to replace it with a long-lasting, watertight fitting.

Shingle granules in your gutters

Are you finding shingle granules in your gutters? Roof shingles begin to lose more and more granules as they age.

Sunrays coming through your roof

Can you see sunrays coming through your roof boards? This is a clear sign that your roof has been compromised and needs to be replaced.

Age of your roof

A typical shingle roof may last up to 25 years. But if your current roof was installed over an existing layer (or layers) of shingles and is older than 20 years, you may need a new roof.

Take Your Next Step to Durable Roofing with DaVinci

Always consult a reputable roofing contractor to have a thorough examination of your roof to make the most informed decision. We recommend getting at least three opinions to make sure you are comfortable with the advice and recommendations. If you find that you need a new roof, consider installing our polymer roof tiles. Our tiles are beautiful, lightweight, impact and fire resistant, come in 49 standard colors and multiple blends, and come with a limited 50-year warranty.

Learn more about DaVinci’s offerings by exploring our homeowner resources.

This blog was originally published in 2013.