Posted on: May 28, 2020

If you have been wondering whether your roof needs replacement or wanting to inspect for roof damages before you purchase a new home, you can follow our guide below.

How often should you replace your roof? Let’s dive in and find out!

How Often Should a Roof be Replaced?

At WISA, we’re all about roofing projects. That’s why we’re here to confidently provide you with resources so that you know when to replace your roof.

How Long Does Roofing Material Last

How long do roofing materials usually last? Depending on the type of roofing material that you choose to use, your roof can last anywhere from 15 to 100 years. The most common type of roofing used in the United States today is asphalt shingles. Other roofing materials include metal roofing and tiles. For a full rundown on roofing materials, read our ultimate guide.

A standard asphalt shingle roof will last 15 to 20 years and at most 30 years. The length of time that asphalt shingles last will depend mostly on the quality of the shingles and how well they were installed. If they aren’t properly installed, they’ll most likely become damaged and lead to a leaky roof.

Inspecting a Bad Roof

If you think you’ve got a bad roof, then there are some things you’ll want to look for. You can inspect your roof from the ground without having to get on the roof.

  • Curled, cracked, or broken shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Missing shingle granules

Curled, Cracked, or Broken Shingles

Curled, cracked, or broken shingles are a sure sign that your roof is coming of age, and it’s about time to get it replaced. These conditions are most often caused by the hot sun baking on your shingles for days. If you’re looking for these signs, you might want to check near the roof edge.

If you notice that your shingles are damaged, consider fixing them right away. The cracks and gaps in between the broken shingles can cause water and lead to seep through the roof.

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are often caused by storm damage or high winds. If you notice that there’s a section in your roof missing some shingles, be sure to contact a roofing contractor right away. You’ll want to get that fixed before water leaks into your home.

Another thing to check is the flashing around the different vents coming out of your home. Look for chimney flashing and other similar areas that are likely to leak.

Missing Shingle Granules

Shingle granules are the stone and composite materials attached to the top of shingles with tar. They come loose over time as the weather wears on them. You’ll notice them in the valley’s of the roof or in the gutters. Watch for consistent build up as a sign that you’re going to need a new roof.

Storm Damage

Storm damage is the next most important thing to look for when checking your roof. Big thunderstorms, hail, and high winds can take a toll on your roof. Depending on the material your roof is made up of, you’ll notice the different forms of damage. Asphalt and wood shingles can blow off in sections while metal roofing is more likely to be dented or bent before coming off completely.

During a storm damage, you’ll want to have your roof looked at by a professional right away. In most cases, where you are able to identify a damage quick enough, you won’t need to replace your roof. Instead, you can have the roof repaired. It can be easily repaired by replacing damaged shingles or metal sheets.

A New Roof Adds Value

You might want to consider replacing your roof before selling your home add value to your home. A new roof can cost up to $30,000 or more, depending on the size of the home. For homeowners looking to sell, replacing your roof is a great way to add value to your home. When selling a home, new roofs are known to hold about 70% of their value.

WISA, Your Roofing Experts

If you’re looking to get your roof replaced, you’ll need a team of expert roofers to help you with it. In today’s world, it’s not always easy to find reliable contractors. At WISA, we have a team of roofing experts that can get the job done right. Better yet, we offer quality workmanship on your home.

Reach out to us today for a free estimate on your roofing project. We’d love to hear from you!