Lifecycle of Roofs
How long does a roof typically last? Get general maintenance advice about roofing repairs and find out how to know when it's time to replace your roof.
Most major appliances and key parts of a home will, at some point, either need extensive repairs or restoration or to be replaced altogether. While spending money on a large purchase such as a brand new roof can be costly, in the long run it will be a worthwhile investment and could save you from paying for the same roofing repairs over and over.
General Roof Maintenance
A good, sturdy roof typically lasts anywhere from 20 to 30 years. This timeline, of course, can vary depending on whether general maintenance is kept up and roof repairs are made when necessary. Other deciding factors include climate, weather conditions, and the quality and type of the roofing material. There are steps you as a homeowner can take to ensure you'll get the most out of a roof before it's time for a complete replacement.
First and foremost, make sure to get regular inspections, especially after any major weather-related incident. The National Association of Home Builders recommends having a qualified roofer inspect your roof every three years. Professional roofing contractors and inspectors are trained to identify problem areas that you may not be able to spot on your own. Plus, by including regular inspections as part of your general roof maintenance routine, you can significantly cut down on costs because small problems will be addressed before they become larger ones.
Preventative roof maintenance offered by roof repair and roof cleaning companies will vary from business to business. Some of the services may include:
Inspection - thoroughly checking all major components of a roof (flashing, shingles/tiles, leaves/overhangs, rafters) to determine if there are damaged or deteriorated parts that may need repairs.
Cleaning - shingles, drains/areas around drains and other roof components, and properly disposing of any debris.
- Repairs - roof leak repair, sealing, caulking and coating cracks, openings and surfaces, replacing old or damaged materials.
When is Time to Replace Your Roof?
There are many reasons you may need a new roof, other than simply how old it is. A roof will experience general wear over its lifecycle of 20 years or so, and show signs of aging and damage that will mean you'll want to start considering a new one. Some telltale signs include structural damage; loose, broken, or missing shingles; gaps or cracks in the flashing; and signs of moisture, mold or rot. A key place to check is in the attic. If you detect areas of outside light showing through the roof, signs of water damage or leaking, or a sagging roof deck - it's time to start shopping.
Some weather or weather-related incidents will be obvious, such as severe wind damage or if a tree fell on your roof, but others, such as hail, snow and ice, may not show signs of damage to a roof until months or even years later. Whether your roof is approaching 25 years and showing visible signs of wear and tear, you had a house fire or your area experienced an unseasonably rainy summer, be sure to have a thorough inspection performed to determine if you need something along the lines of roof leak repair or an entire roof replacement.
The information and advice contained in this article is intended as a general guide for informational purposes only. It does not take into account your personal situation. While we at Resolve have significant experience and history operating in the home restoration industry and working closely with construction contractors, we are not licensed as a general or specialty contractor. We encourage you to consider the information we’ve provided but urge you not to rely upon it in place of appropriate professional advice from a licensed, experienced construction contractor.