One of the basic things we need is a roof over our heads—but once we have it, how often are we actually thinking about that roof? While it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance, it’s still important to not forget about it so that it doesn’t fall into disrepair prematurely and require replacing sooner than it might otherwise need.
It’s not surprising to learn that your roof will not last forever, but how do you know when it is time for your roof to be replaced? And what is a good time period for roof replacing?
Here is some more information about roof maintenance and signs that your roof may need to be replaced soon.
Checking for damage
One of the most important things you can do in regards to roof maintenance is to check for any physical signs of damage on a regular basis. This doesn’t have to be a weekly or even monthly chore; performing a self inspection twice a year is usually enough to find any damage before it becomes a major issue.
One thing to look for is loose or damaged shingles. There may even be shingles missing from your roof. This is one of those things that can develop into a larger problem if left unchecked. You may be able to replace some types of shingles on your own if you’re comfortable being up on the roof, but this may be something you’d rather let a professional handle, especially if there is a lot of work that will need to be done.
Another thing to check for is if your roof is sagging. This may indicate a structural issue and is likely a sign that it’s getting close to the time for your roof to be replaced.
Signs of water damage or leaking are another important thing to look for. In addition to water getting into your home and all the inconveniences that can bring, this may lead to structural damage or even the development of mold or rot in the roof or walls of the home.
Lifespan of materials
Another good thing to know when considering how often your roof should be replaced is the lifespan of materials that make up your roof. Not all roofs are created equal, and some are built to last longer than others.
For example, metal roofs are made to last 50 to 75 years, while rubber roofs are built for a 30- to 50-year lifespan. Shingles have a shorter lifespan. Wood shingles will last 20 to 25 years, while composition shingles will last 12 to 20 years. Asphalt shingles are more unpredictable, as they have a 15- to 30-year lifespan.
The lifespans of any material will also be affected by the weather and climate the roof is in. In areas with strong storms, the lifespan of roofing materials will generally fall on the lower end of the estimate mentioned above.
When you need a roof replacement, or if you’re looking for a roofing contractor to help you with regular roof inspections, contact the professionals at Dallas Cherry Roofing today.
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