How Often Should My Roof Be Replaced?

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Even the mention of a roof replacement can be enough to make any homeowner run for the hills. After all, how do you know when your roof is due for a replacement? Sometimes it’s a pity roofs can’t talk, you know? Turns out though, there’s a good alternative. Think about it this way: who knows your plumbing the best? What about the health needs of your pet? Of course, your plumber is going to know their way around your pipes and how they work more than you do. That is, unless you just happen to be a plumber!


When it comes to the health and safety of your pet, the best person you can ask is a trusted veterinarian who has spent years learning all about the anatomy of your pet. The same is true for your roof. You don’t have to feel lost about when to replace or repair your roof….a trustworthy certified roofing contractor can tell you just as if your roof could speak. 


If you want help figuring out what to expect when it comes to your roof, we’re here to help. And that’s why we’re going to throw out some general things to keep an eye out for to guide you in making the right decisions for your roof. Ready to get started? Let’s go!


Signs Your Roof Needs to be Replaced


Is your roof sagging? Do you have leaking or water damage? Is there mold or rot? Visible holes? All of these are signs you’re probably a little overdue for a roof replacement. It helps if you have an idea of how long your roof is supposed to last based on what type of material was used and the type of installation. If you aren’t sure, you’ll want to contact a certified roofing contractor to take a look and tell you what to expect. 


Types of Roofing Material and General Lifespan


No matter what type of roof you have, the material will determine how often you’ll need a replacement. To give you an example, a properly installed and well cared for tiled roof can last you up to 100 years!! Regular maintenance is very, very important though because individual tiles are prone to splitting and breaking. This means that without proper care and maintenance, it won’t last as long. 


Using the material as a guideline, here are a few common estimates to help you find out about when your roof needs to be replaced:

Composition Shingles: 12-20 years
Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years
Wood Shingles: 20-25 years
Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years
Metal Roofs: 50-75 years


Of course, your roofing needs are going to greatly depend on the climate, the severe weather that might exist in your area and whether or not you keep up with regular maintenance. If you want your roof to live a long full life, just like humans, regular doctor visits are vital to catching things before they become serious.


If you’re not sure about your roof and have questions, don’t hesitate to call an expert out to investigate. It’s always better to call someone out to check your roof out before getting a full replacement just in case it’s not necessary. 


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