There's a reason that over 161,600 Americans work in the roofing industry. Not only is it a lucrative career, but it's one that helps people to stay safe and comfortable in their properties.
If you're a homeowner or a commercial building buyer, you likely have wondered when you need to call in a roofer for inspection, repair, or replacement. How often does a roof need to be replaced, exactly? What's necessary for the upkeep of your property?
That's what we're going to discuss today. Read on to learn how you can best maintain your building by replacing your roof in an appropriate timeframe.
How Often Does a Roof Need To Be Replaced?
The frequency that roof replacement is necessary depends on the material your roof is made from. The most common residential roofs use asphalt shingles and will typically need to get them replaced every 20-25 years. However, roofing that is built over another pre-existing layer of shingles will need to be replaced more frequently (around every 15-20 years).
Some older homes and commercial buildings use wood as their primary roofing material. At its best, wood lasts about 10 years longer than asphalt because it is more resistant to UV rays. However, this usually isn't the case in reality since wood is susceptible to rot, decay, and pest infestations.
Many commercial buildings have roofs made from metal. Metal roofing is fairly resilient, but its longevity depends on the type of metal that you choose. Aluminum and steel, while inexpensive to install, tend to only last for around 25-50 years. On the other hand, copper and zinc roofing can last for a full century.
The longest-lasting roofing material is by far slate. This brick comes in a variety of colors and styles and will last you over 100 years. All you will need to do is maintain it and invest in occasional repairs if you notice something wrong.
Roof Repair vs Replacement: How to Make the Decision
When you notice something is going on with your roof, you'll need to decide whether you want it to be replaced or whether repairs will be sufficient. To make this choice, look up the specific problem that you're having online. You may get an idea of what needs to happen from a simple Google search.
Despite a fruitful internet search, it's still important that you actually consult with a professional about the best path for resolving your specific problem. Our experts are happy to provide a free roof inspection and estimate to help you get to the bottom of the issue. Once we determine what's wrong, it's easier to decide whether repair or replacement is right for you.
Signs You Need Immediate Roof Replacement
As we touched on earlier, not every roof makes it to its maximum lifespan. Sometimes reality gets in the way and your roof will succumb to the elements. This is completely normal, so don't worry that something is wrong with your property!
The main sign that you need roof replacement ASAP is that your shingles are becoming worn down. Curling and cracking shingles will need to be replaced immediately to ensure that they do not get worse. If you wait to repair or replace them, it's likely that water damage will exacerbate the problem.
Some shingles will also cup upward, which basically means that the corners curl up and make the shingle look like a bowl. They also may claw, which means that the middle of the shingle pops up like a bubble while the corners remain secure.
If you notice this, call a contractor right away. If you deal with the problem now, it's likely that you will only need to replace part of the roof. If you leave it, you'll be looking at a full roof replacement in a couple of years.
A sagging roof is even worse than a few ruined shingles. It can be incredibly dangerous. If you do not deal with a sagging roof as soon as you notice it, you may put those in the building at risk.
Your property isn't necessarily at the risk of an immediate collapse, but if you don't get your sagging roof checked out, having it cave in is a likely scenario within the next couple of years.
This is because sagging is an indicator of a larger structural issue within the building. The most common scenario is that the foundational supports are weakening and are therefore no longer able to sustain the entire roof.
Water Damage Is Present
If you begin to notice spots on the ceiling of your residential or commercial attic, it likely points to a problem with the roof. Spots of light are also indicators of water damage, so be on the lookout for any issues that your ceiling may be having.
Leaving these problems alone only means that they will get worse. After all, your roof is exposed to the elements 24/7. Each time it rains, preexisting water damage will get worse up until the point that your attic begins to flood.
Water damage can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause respiratory problems for those in the building. For the health of your family or your customers, make the investment in roof replacement ASAP.
So, how often does a roof need to be replaced?
The answer is unfortunately that it depends on your individual circumstances. Luckily, professionals can help you determine what your situation is so that you can have a clearer idea of when your building needs roof replacement or repair.
Now that you know the signs you need to replace a roof, it's time to get started. Contact us with any questions that you may have about your individual property and its needs. Our professionals are excited to help you ensure that your building is safe, secure, and will last for many, many years to come.