How Often Should Roofs be Replaced?
Our roof is leaking and is approximately 15 years old. How do I know if it is time to replace our roof?
Ed, your roof battles the many elements year-around and it is natural for wear and tear to be the result. A well-built, well-maintained roof will typically have a lifespan of around 20 years and you will definitely know it requires attention from such signs a damaged or loose or missing shingles or tiles, leaks and loose or missing caulking around pipes, chimneys, and other penetrations. A roof repair may be possible of the majority of your roof surface is in good condition. Otherwise, it might be beneficial to replace the roof. A tear-off of the old roof and application of a new roof provides leak-free confidence and the latest in materials and new products for an expected lifespan of 20 years or more can be achieved. Another option may be to apply a new roof layer on top of the old. This is possible only if your existing roofing is one layer thick and in good condition, has strong decking and has shingles that would be compatible with the new application.
If the condition of your roof provides you the opportunity to choose between these options, consider the number of years you plan to stay in your re-roofed home. A new roof is the wise choice if you believe you will stay in your home for more than 5 years. A re-cover may save you money up front but may have a shorter lifespan. Roof repairs should be handled by only licensed, bonded and insured professionals. Before hiring a contractor check with YCCA for a listing of roofing contractor referrals. Re-roofing or repairs to a roof is a project that needs to be handled with care. This is an investment to your home and hiring the right contractor will pay off when the first monsoon storm hits are you are secure and dry under your newly installed roof. Taking these steps before making a roof repair decision will ensure that your roof will be leak-free and long-lasting for years to come.