How To Determine If You Need A New Roof

February 19, 2011 | Filed under: Misc, Roof Repair, Roofing Answers

I frequently get asked by homeowners for suggestions on how they can determine if this is the year when they need to re-roof their home. That’s a good question and I suspect that, with the tough winter that much of the country has had including lots of ice dams and snow and rain troubles, many homeowners will be wondering whether this is their year for a new roof.

If you are in that boat, there are several things to look for which could help guide your decision:

1) Does your roof have any leaks? This is a clear indication that you cannot continue to put off a decision.

2) Did you have any severe ice damming this past winter? Ice damming often damages shingles, making them more prone to other problems down the road. If ice damming is an issue, remember to look at increasing insulation and ventilation when you replace your roof.

3) Are you seeing problems with attic heat build-up? If you’re tired of paying higher costs for air conditioning because of a hot attic, it may be time to consider a new cool roof.

4) Do you see missing or badly curled shingles, rusted valleys, or other damage? These visual things are usually indicators that more problems lie ahead in the near future.

5) Do you plan to be away from home for an extended period? If so, then it often makes sense to resolve any looming roofing problems before you leave.

If you would like additional advice on your roof situation, feel free to contact me and even send pictures! My email is

todd Miller

has spent his entire career in the metal building products manufacturing industry. He is president of Isaiah Industries, an organization recognized as one of the world’s leading metal roofing manufacturers. Todd is currently Vice President of the MRA (Metal Roofing Association) and a Past Chair of MCA (Metal Construction Association). Through his website, he strives to raise the bar on standards and practices to provide property owners with the best possible products for successful roofing projects.

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