So how often do you need to replace your roof? The answer depends on a few things. Your roof is one of the most important things that protect the integrity of your home, keeps you warm and dry and gives you shelter. If it gets past its prime it could leak and cause substantial and expensive damage to your home and belongings.
The roof on your home can be made from a few different materials, but most residential roofs are covered with asphalt or fiberglass shingles. They are more flexible and also less expensive. Depending on the grade of shingle used, they can last anywhere from 20 to 30 years. But you can’t always depend on the age of the roofing shingles. Sometimes other things come into play, like harsh weather or bad storms. The best way to know is to do periodic inspections of your roof.
After a storm or at least once a year do a visual inspection of your roof from the ground. Walk around your home and look at the roof. Do it during the daytime and in good weather. First, look for missing shingles. Missing shingles are a sign of problems. Then look to see if there is any kind of growth on the roof; things like moss, algae, mold or heavy dirt. If you see it you need to have the roof cleaned. If the roof is generally clean, then see if the shingles are dull or flat in appearance. Asphalt or fiberglass shingles are coated with granules that make it appear shiny. The granules help the shingles be waterproof and once they wear off water soaks in instead of rolling off.
Next look for curled up edges on the shingles. Another problem to look for is cracked or bubbled shingles. If any of these show up then it is probably time to replace your roof.
If you have any doubts, or if your roof is close to its expected lifespan, then your best bet is to call a roofing professional to have an expert inspection done. A professional can give you a knowledgeable answer as to when you should replace your roof. Call one today.