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When Is The Right Time To Replace My Roof?

Any exterior building material has a tough rope to tow when it comes to constantly withstanding everything that mother nature has to throw at it. The lifespan of a roof depends on many factors, such as shingle material used, roof pitch, structure locale, and how well maintained the roof has been. Generally speaking, the commonplace modern asphalt shingled roof lasts 15 to 18 years. A well-maintained metal roof may last twice that.

Even though there are many options available when considering a re-roofing, when feasible, contractors generally opt to perform this task with a lighter version of regular three-tab strip shingles, applying them before the existing roof is too far gone to help. If you have missed this window of time then you will need to strip the roof, starting over from scratch. Obviously, this is the more expensive route. Any home with a 20 year old roof or older will probably wind up doing this.

However, even if you do manage to catch your roof before a completely new roof is needed, re-roofing may not be possible. Weight-related building standards in your area may be violated if too many layers of roofing material are used. Too much roof weight can impose upon a structure's integrity and cause other problems. An experienced local roofer would know best.

There are some common sense clues that it may be time for a new roof. Small (or large) water leaks will erode ceiling timbers and alert you to this. Look for dark rings that appear to be stain-like in appearance. Timbers may flake away easily when touched or rubbed as well.

If you are looking from the outside there are several other facets of roof status you may want to investigate. If your roof utilizes asphalt shingles and is starting to wear, you may notice some of the rock-like flecks in the shingle are starting to wear away. Loss of these granules is in itself pretty harmless. If you notice numerous large bare spots, though, this could be a sign that the need for either re-roofing or a new roof is on the way. If you find many bare patches, have curled and cracked shingles, and/or have shingles missing, this is an even stronger indicator that it's time to start searching for a qualified roofing contractor.
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