How do I know when to replace my roof?

When should I replace my roof?

When is it time to replace my roof?

The timing for replacing a roof depends on several factors. The major factors include the type of roofing material used, as well as the climate in your area, & the condition of the overall roof. How long the roof will last is also a factor of if the roof is installed correctly on each layer. Below is a guideline to help homeowners make the correct decisions in replacing their roofs. 

1. AGE OF THE ROOF:  All roofing materials will have an estimated lifespan, the approximate lifespan depends on the type of material. 

  • Asphalt shingles: 20-25+ years (Varying on which "style" or "collection" of shingles used. 
  • Metal roofing: 40-60 years 
  • Wood Shingles or "Shakes": 20-30 years 
  • Clay/concrete tiles: 50-70 years (Outdated style of roofing & is not commonly used across the industry any longer.)

2. VISUAL INSPECTIONS: It is important to have your roof inspected regularly, this allows eyes on the roof to watch for signs of damage or wear/tear. Missing, cracked, or curling shingles, as well as shingle granules in your gutters are some things to check for! If your roof appears to be in poor condition, it might be time to starting thinking about replacing. It's important to inspect your roof, but more important to be safe, if you do not feel comfortable going on your roof, it's best to call a TRUSTED PROFESSIONAL to look on your behalf. 

3. LEAKING: If you notice water leaks or stains in your ceilings or walls, it's a definite signs that your roof needs some TLC. Majority of times leaks can be repaired, but depending on how old the roof is & what condition it is, the only option might be to replace. Unless a company can guarantee a warranty, the roof should not be repaired, but replaced. 

4. MOSS & ALGAE GROWTH: If your home is in a humid or shady area, you might notice moss or algae growth on your roof & in between the shingles. It can trap water & moisture, causing damage to your home! 

5. SAGGING ROOF: A sagging roof is a sign of structural problems, this needs to be addressed immediately purely for safety reasons. 

6. ENERGY EFFICIENCY: If you've noticed your energy bills increasing, it might be due to a deteriorating roof. Its allowing hot or cold air to escape, a new well vented roof can improve energy efficiency as your roof is doing its job, & your other utilities are not working as hard to make up for the slack! 

7. ROOFING MATERIAL WARRANTIES: It is SO SO important to check or ask about the warranty on your roofing materials. If it's nearing the end of its warranty period, it might be time to consider a replacement! 

8. LOCAL CLIMATE: Extreme weather conditions can alter the lifespan on your roof. If you're in an area prone to severe weather, you may need to replace your roof sooner. Some cases insurance covers roof replacement cost as "sudden & accidental lose" 

9. PRIOR REPAIRS: If you have had multiple repairs on your roof over a course of years, it might be more cost efficient to replace rather than continuing to pay for repairs that seem to only last a short time. Replacement will nip the issues in the bud & keep your protected! 

10. RESALE VALUE: If you are planning to put your home on the market, a new roof can drastically change the point of view of buyers. It increases the value of your property before selling.  

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