A roof replacement is something that many homeowners, at some point, need to deal with. While roofs can last a long time—up to 30 years for asphalt roofs, 20 years for composition shingles, and 25 years for wood shingles—wear and tear and the elements can limit that lifespan. If you plan on staying at your home for more than 20+ years, you’ll likely need to replace the roof at some point. This is especially true if you’re looking to sell your home. A roof replacement can drastically improve the value of your home and send your resale value soaring.
So, how often should you replace your roof? Is it every 20 or so years? Or should you do it less often, or more often? Let’s break it down.
When to Replace Your Roof
There is no hard and fast rule about when to replace your roof. Every roof is different. In addition, every home is different. Specifically, they are different in what climate or environment they are subjected to. For example, roofs in the midwest that receive a serious amount of snow over the winter may be subjected to replacement more often than a roof in a dry climate.
Instead of replacing your roof as soon as it hits a certain age, you need to instead look for signs that your roof may need to be replaced. Consider having regular roof inspections on your roof once it reaches the following ages based on material:
- Asphalt roofs: 15 years
- Composite shingles: 12 years
- Wood shingles: 20 years
A regular roof inspection is a must once your roof reaches those ages. Failing to do so can lead to serious consequences. In addition to having a professional roofer take a look at your roof, be on the lookout for the following signs of roof damage:
Moss growth on the roof –Moss holds moisture against your roof surface, which can harm the integrity of the roof over time.
Excessive wear and tear – If your roof looks old and worn down, then a roof replacement is likely a wise option. In addition to cosmetic reasons, a roof that looks beat up may lead to damage elsewhere in your home.
Dark streaks – Dark streaks may not be indicative of severe damage, but it does mean something is wrong with your roof and, cosmetically, it just looks bad.
Missing granules – Granules are a key part of protecting your roof. IF your shingles are missing too many granules, they will not protect your home properly.
If you’re worried about your roof and aren’t quite sure if you need a replacement, give us a call or shoot us a message! We offer comprehensive roofing and custom gutter services. With our extensive experience within the industry, you can trust Eagle Eye Roofing to get to the bottom of whatever issue you’re facing.