Many people don’t think much about the roof over their heads. In fact, it’s a part of your home you likely only think about when something has gone wrong. But even if your roof hasn’t sustained any significant damage, it’s good to know a bit about when a roof needs to be replaced.
It’s better to know this information ahead of time so you can be proactive about keeping your roof in good condition. To help you know when to look into replacing your home’s roof, the professionals at Elevated Contracting have put together this guide. Read on to learn more or reach out to request a roofing inspection.
The first thing to consider when assessing whether you need a new roof is the lifespan of your current roofing material. Different materials have different lifespans. Some can last for many decades, while others only last about 15 years, so it’s important to know the material of your roof and its age. Keep in mind that these are just general guidelines.
Just because your roofing material is nearing the end of the average lifespan doesn’t mean it’s about to fall apart. The durability of your roof also depends on many factors, such as weather and damage over time. On the other hand, your roof might need to be replaced long before what is typical, especially if it hasn’t been well-maintained.
Now, let’s look at some of the most common roofing materials for residential homes and their general lifespans. Remember, these numbers apply to roofs that are installed correctly and well-maintained. They also don’t take into account how harsh climates can shorten the lifespan:
- Composite shingles: These last around 12–20 years.
- Asphalt shingles: These usually last about 15–20 years but sometimes longer.
- Wood shingles: Wood roofs have a lifespan of about 20–25 years.
- Rubber roofs: Depending on the exact material, rubber roofs can last up to 50 years.
- Metal roofs: These last for 50–75 years.
If you’re unsure about the current age of your roof, the best way to assess its lifespan and durability is to reach out to the roofing contractors at Elevated Contracting. We can give you an accurate report of the state of your roof. That way, you’ll get the best idea of when you’ll need a roof replacement.
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Along with calling a contractor to assess when to replace your roof, there are some general signs that you should move forward with a roof replacement. We’ll go into some of the main indicators that your roof isn’t going to hold up well anymore and could pose a risk to your safety.
One of the first things to look at is your shingles. While not all roofing materials have shingles, asphalt shingles are one of the most common residential roofing materials. If you have shingles of any kind, regularly check that they are in good condition. Some shingle issues are minor and only mean you need some roofing repairs. Don’t be too worried if there are just a few torn shingles. However, if the roof is losing granules, it’s probably time to invest in a new system.
One of the leading indicators you need a new roof is a sagging rooftop. While minor shingle damage isn’t an emergency, a drooping roof definitely can be, and you should act quickly. Unfortunately, saggy roofs are at risk of collapsing and likely indicate issues such as moisture damage or even rot. You also should assess your attic and ceilings for signs of mold at this point.
While moss might look beautiful in some places, it’s not something you want to see on your roof. If you notice moss, mold, or fungi, you should probably contact a roofing contractor for help. Usually, the presence of moss means there are moisture issues. Now, the problems might not have spread too extensively at this point. Still, a roof replacement is probably in order if there is extreme moisture damage.
Discovering major issues on the roof itself often means you need a roof replacement. But you should also be aware of things inside your home. If you have an attic, it’s a good idea to get in there to check for leaks or water damage. Also, pay attention to your ceilings for any potential mold or moisture problems. In some cases, these water issues can be addressed with repairs. But for extensive damage, you’ll want to get a new roof. Otherwise, the problem will likely continue.
While it’s important to regularly check on your roof for signs of damage, it can be difficult to tell if your structure needs a full-scale replacement or just some minor repairs. If you’re unsure about roofing lifespans, damage, or repairs, the easiest way to check out your roof is with help from Elevated Contracting. We’ll be happy to inspect your roof and talk to you about any necessary repairs or potential risks. Our experts have years of experience in all kinds of repair and replacement services.
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