When Should I Replace My Roof?
Many homeowners in the Delaware Valley, which is where Tycos provides residential roofing services, are uncertain about when to schedule a roof replacement. A new roof is a big investment, and homeowners don’t want to replace their roofs too soon but also don’t want to wait too long. With those questions in mind, let’s explore the question, “When should I replace my roof?”, and discuss the common mistakes homeowners make.
Roofing Material Lifespans
All materials used for residential roofing have an estimated lifespan. Traditional three-tab asphalt shingles are among the most inexpensive roofing options for a home but often only last 15 years in our region whereas the thicker architectural shingles can last 25 years or more. Wood shingles and shakes can last upward of 50 years. Metal roofs can last 50 years or more, and a slate roof will often outlive the homeowners who had it installed. The first step in answering the question of “When should I replace my roof?”, is knowing what the expected product lifespan is for your current roofing material.
• Proactive Replacement
There’s an old saying in the roofing industry that it’s better to replace a roof six months too early than a day too late. The most common mistake homeowners make in trying to time a roof replacement perfectly is effectively waiting for the current roof to fail, and that will end up costing you more than whatever value you may lose in scheduling reroofing a bit too soon. If you have a shingle expected to last 25 years, go ahead and replace it in that 25th year rather than trying to squeeze more value out of it.
• Annual Inspections & Maintenance
Tycos also encourages our customers to schedule an annual roof inspection to ensure that everything is in order and to perform any needed maintenance in a timely manner. It’s also a good idea to schedule inspections after any bad storms that may have damaged the roof.
• Signs Your Roof Needs Professional Attention
It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on your roof from the ground in order to have a better idea of when you should replace your roof. A leak, no matter how small needs immediate roof repair at a minimum. You should also watch for shingles that are loose, damaged, or missing, as even one out-of-place shingle can lead to much more expensive problems. Watch also for flashing that is damaged or rusted, and keep your gutter system cleaned and functioning well as it’s imperative to a healthy roof.
Tycos Is Here to Help
If you own a home in the Delaware Valley, Tycos will be happy to come out and perform a free roof inspection. Our expert inspectors can provide you with an honest and professional assessment of whether you need to replace your roof and answer any questions that you may have. We also encourage you to call or contact us online if you have any additional questions regarding “When should I replace my roof?”.