How Often Does a Roof Need to Be Replaced?

Are you wondering how often you should replace your roof? If yes, wonder no more. This simple guide will help you know when to replace a roof and when to repair it.

How often should you replace a roof?

The material and the condition of the roof are the two most important factors to consider. There are other factors such as storm and snow damage, but these two are by far the most important. This is because snow and storm damage tend to affect older and run-down roofs more than those that are in good condition.

The roofing material

Typically, every material has a replacement period. When putting up a new roof, your manufacturer’s warranty includes maintenance schedules, warranty period, and the expected lifespan of the material. Asphalt shingles are not all made the same. Some will last just 10 years while others will be good for three decades. Metal roofs will generally last longer, and you may not replace them in your lifetime (or generally 50 years). Some, such as slate will last well over a century.

The age of the roof will guide you on how soon you can expect to change it. If you have a composition shingle roofing in its 8th year, you will need a new roof soon, preferably in the next 3-4 years. If you have a 15-year-old steel roof, you probably have another decade. If you have bought a house and you are wondering how often you will need a new roof, use the installation paperwork.

The condition of the roof

Irrespective of the material used, the condition of the roof will play a significant role in how often you need a new roof. If there are visible signs of water damage, holes in the roof, stains in the ceiling, sagging, evidence of mold, missing shingles, damaged flashing, or multiple instances of curling and buckling shingles, your roof probably needs to change.

Of course, you don’t have to as how often to replace a roof if you have experienced storm damage, tree damage, or snow damage.


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