How Often Do I Need to Replace My Home’s Roof?
Three Things to Help Determine When to Replace Your Roof
Every roofing professional gets this question. However, for a seemingly straightforward question, the answer is anything but simple. Three things go into determining how long a roof may last before replacement.
- Material – Obviously, every roof is a little different. The material of the roof has a huge impact on how long it will last. For instance, composition shingles will usually last 12 to 20 years, while asphalt shingles last 15 to 30 years and metal roofs 50 to 75 years. Products like DuroLast can add many additional years of use to a roof as well. In many cases, the roofs that last longer are more costly up front, but it will pay off in longevity.
- Installation – It is well worth the effort to find a quality roofer when having your roof installed. This is because small mistakes in installation can lead to significant problems that reduce the life of your roof. Building mistakes can put your roof at risk and potentially the interior of your home as well.
- Maintenance – A well-maintained roof will last longer than one that is neglected. This means obtaining regular inspections and having small problems repaired before they become big issues. Storm-damaged shingles, for instance, should be replaced right away. A good gutter system is essential; cleaning mold, dirt and leaves from the roof can prevent damage as well.
Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected
According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), you should have your roof inspected twice each year; should a significant weather event (such as a tornado or hailstorm) occur, a timely additional inspection is the best course of action.
If it has been longer than a year since you have had your roof inspected by a professional, it is worth contacting an expert to make certain you do not miss anything. An inspection can help make certain you do not miss any little problems that could spell disaster if left unchecked.
Additionally, a professional inspector will help you determine when the right time is to replace your roof. Ideally you will decide to do that before it begins leaking or causing damage to your home’s interior.
Contact the Experts at Booth and Little Roofing
If you are in or around Marin or Sonoma counties, contact us for a free, no-obligation roof inspection to help you decide on the best time to replace your roof.
Booth & Little Roofing is the second oldest roofing company in Marin, established in 1923. Many of our staff have been with us for 20 years or more. When one of our team provides an inspection, you can trust you’ll be talking with a roofer and not a salesperson.