Many variables can affect how long your roof will last, but one thing is definite. There’s a good possibility you’ll need to replace your roof at some point because they have a limited lifespan. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends an inspection to look for potential damage at least twice a year. Your roof may require maintenance or replacement.
How Can I Tell If I Need To Replace My Roof?
There are several indicators of roof damage you may check to help determine if your roof needs to be replaced. Depending on what materials were used, it may be necessary for your roof to be fully replaced. An experienced roofing contractor can help determine if it is repairable.
Here are some of the signs to be checked for:
- Broken, loose, or cracked shingles
- Signs of water leaks or water damage
- Dark areas or holes
- Missing shingles
- Rot, mold, or moss
- Sagging shingles
How Long Should I Expect My Roof To Last?
Because roof coverings protect the structural part of any home’s roof, the structure should last indefinitely. If your roof is concrete, it will only need to be inspected for signs of wear, such as cracks or other damage that could be detrimental to the surface.
Generally, the recommendations listed below can act as a guide for how long you can expect your roofing material to last.
- Metal Roofs: 50-75 years
- Wood Shingles: 20-25 years
- Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years
- Composition Shingles: 15-20 years
- Rubber Roofs: 15-30 years
Keep in mind that these time frames will vary depending on the types of weather that your roof is exposed to. Climate plays a big factor in how long a roofing surface will last. Areas of the country with harsh climates tend to have a shorter roof lifespan.
Can I Inspect My Roof Myself?
You certainly can do your own roof inspection, as long as you aren’t afraid of heights! Also, make sure that you have strong footing before attempting to get on your roof. There is a higher risk of falling if you have weak legs or are unbalanced. A qualified roofing contractor is trained and experienced in climbing onto roofs, so it may be beneficial to call on a local business to check your roof for you.
A friend or relative may also be able to assist in your bi-annual roof inspection.
Is It Really Necessary To Regularly Inspect My Roof?
Routine roof inspections are a very important part of home ownership. Unfortunately, the roof is one area of a house that is often overlooked. Damage from harsh winters or severe storms can show up with no warning signs before leaks begin unless you periodically check the surface. Since it’s impossible to see what is happening on your roof, visible checks are necessary so that any repairs can be made before the damage worsens.
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Cavalier Builders is proud to serve the residents of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Our professional roofing crews are specialists in their trade and are happy to keep your roof looking and performing as good as new for many years to come. Give us a call if you have questions!