Roof replacements are something every homeowner has to deal with at one time or another. Consider it, in a way, a rite of passage that makes you a full-fledged member of the homeownership club. It can, however, be difficult to know exactly how often your roof should be replaced. This guide will help you.
As you look over the next several sections, you will see some basic information about the various types of roofs and how frequently they need to be replaced. Remember, this is a generic guide; your personal situation may differ depending on many things, such as the climate in your part of the Carolinas (coastal regions can cause roofs to deteriorate more rapidly, for instance) and how well your current roof was installed.
Red Flags That Your Roof Needs Replacing
Sagging spots – If parts of your roof are noticeably sagging, there is definitely something wrong, such as a major leak or an animal nest, that needs to be looked at right away. Don’t hesitate to call in a professional to further inspect the problem since multiple issues can cause sagging areas.
Leaks – If you have leaks in your house from your ceilings, you absolutely need to consider replacing your roof. A roof that is in good working order does not leak. Depending on how old your roof is, it is possible that a professional might be able to fix the problem with new flashing, but in many cases, it’s worth it to replace the whole thing.
Bare spots – If the shingles have fallen off of some areas of your roof, there’s no doubt it needs to be replaced soon. This generally indicates that the roof is either very old or there has been some kind of weather damage. In either case, it makes sense to invest in a brand new roof.
Mold infestation – If spots of mold have begun appearing on your roof, you can be almost certain that there is a problem with moisture retention. Shingles should not mold, so if they are, there is clearly an issue that needs to be addressed by a professional contractor.
When to Replace Various Roof Materials
The materials that are featured here are certainly not the only ones that can be used in roofing projects. They are, though, some of the most popular among American homeowners. If you have a different kind of roof, simply talk to your contractor about how frequently you should consider replacing it, barring, of course, any damage.
Asphalt shingles – Asphalt shingles generally have 15-20 year warranties and can last for as little as 10 years in harsh climates to as long as 30 years in more temperate regions. It is worth noting that our clients in the coastal Carolinas should be aware of the fact that saltwater can shorten the life of asphalt shingles.
Rubber roofing – Rubber roofing is a good option for people who live in very coastal regions. It also lasts a long time, with most brands offering 25-year warranties and the life of these roofs surpassing that in many cases.
Metal roofing – While metal roofing has long been used on commercial and agricultural buildings, it is becoming increasingly popular among residential buyers, primarily for its long lifespan. Metal roofing will last for 50-75 years, on average. It’s only major downfall is that it is very noisy when precipitation hits it!
Slate tiles – Slate tiles are the creme de la creme of roofing materials. They are extremely expensive, last for over a century, and have a high-end look. Some historic homeowners insist on slate roofing to preserve the original appearances of their houses.
No matter what kind of roofing you are interested in using for your upcoming project, the Hatch Homes team can install it for you. Call us today to schedule a consultation with one of our professionals. Whether you want a roof that is identical to the one you currently have or you’re looking to use a completely new material, we can help you pick something that is ideal for your lifestyle and your home’s aesthetic.