How Often Should You Replace Roofing?

Updated: Nov 16, 2021

An often ignored part of the house is the roof and unless it starts to leak or break apart, you probably won’t notice what’s going on up there. However, regularly inspecting your homes roof for problems is recommended at least twice a year according to the National Roofing Contractors Association.

If you are afraid of heights, you can just hire a local roofing contractor that can conduct a FREE inspection on site.

Look for:

  • Loose, cracked or damaged shingles

  • Missing shingles

  • Sagging

  • Mold or rot

  • Signs of water damage or leaking

  • Holes or dark spots

Hopefully, a bi-annual inspection will catch small problems before it gets a chance to become bigger or a larger section of the roof fails. It is important to properly maintain the roof and conduct regular check-ups. It's better to pay for a small repair than to deal with a roof collapse and extensive damage.

The underlying structure should last the lifespan of the house. However, depending on the materials used for the covering of the roof, a full replacement is necessary. Unless the roof is made of concrete, then it just needs inspections for cracks or other wear. Tile roofs are also very durable and rarely need a full replacement.

In general, this is the recommended replacement schedule based on the material used:

  • Composition Shingles: 12-20 years

  • Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years

  • Wood Shingles: 20-25 years

  • Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years

  • Metal Roofs: 50-75 years

These suggested time frames will vary depending on the climate that the roof is exposed to. Severe winters and humidity may wear out the materials more quickly. After a severe storm or high winds, it is good to get on the roof and check for any damage. The roof is essential protection for your home and possessions so stay on top of it, so make sure it is structurally sound.

If you’re looking for a professional roof inspector, contact our roofing replacement contractors at Blas Roofing today to ensure your roof performing at its peak!

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