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How Often Should I Have My Roof Replaced?

by Kuhrich on Thursday, November 14, 2013

A roof is an essential part of your home and you should make sure that it is properly maintained. Having shelter is a necessity that every human needs in order to survive. For many individuals, a home is not only shelter, it is a primary investment. The best way to protect your investment in your home and have a roof that lasts for many years to come, is to have your roof inspected at least twice each year. It is ideal to have your roof inspected during the spring and fall. In general, most roofs will have to be replaced after 20 to 50 years. This factor will depend upon if the roof has been properly cared for and what kind of material the roof is made from.

Advantages of Replacing Your Roof

There are quite a few advantages of replacing your roof.   A roof that is sturdy and secure will prevent rain and other weather factors from coming into your home and causing damage.  If you have a roof that is weak, you are putting your home at risk to develop leaks, especially when heavy rainfall and storms occur. Not only will your roof be damaged, but your prized possessions that are in your home can be damaged and destroyed.  If you are looking to save money and have a roof that will last for many years to come, you may want to think about an eco-friendly roof that allows you to incorporate solar panels. This new roof will add curb value to your home and increase the insulation of your home. If you need help deciding whether your roof needs to be replaced or not, you can go up to your attic and check for mildew, damp spots, and external light entry. It will be a good idea to get an outside perspective of your roof to check for any tiles that may be broken and bald shingles.

Having a Rock Roof

A lot of homeowners decide to purchase a rock roof because they are inexpensive, and they can be recycled. If you need a quick solution to issues with your roof, it may be in your best interest to consider this type of roof because it can replace your old roof within a shorter timeframe than other options.

Using Composite or Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt or composite shingle roofs are the most common within the U.S. This roof is common because it is an expensive choice and it protects your entire structure from rain and wind. The only downside to this type of roof is that it needs to be replaced after about 20 years. If you notice mildew, mold, or lose asphalt shingles, this is an indication that you should replace your roof immediately.

Using Wood Shingles

When you use wood or shake shingles, you may be using these for the grand appearance that it provides your home with. Although wood shingle roofs are more expensive than several other options that are available to you, these roof types last a lot longer. When these roof types are properly cared for and maintained, it has the ability to last for 25 to 30 years. As far as this roof type is concerned, you will need to frequently check for splintering or dry wood.

Here are a few instances that you need to consider when you are considering replacing your roof. It is important that you explore each of your options and ask a professional to assist you with choosing the best option for your situation.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com