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How Often to Replace Roof? Signs to Look For and Questions to Ask Yourself

Posted on: May 28, 2020

Have you been living in the same house for a few years? Maybe you’re looking to buy a new house, and you’re wondering when the roof was last replaced?

How often does a roof need to be replaced anyway? Today we’re offering you this guide to help you know what to look for and the right questions to ask.

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

How Often Should a Roof be Replaced?

If you’re not a contractor, you might not have a very straight answer to the questions. 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

The overarching question that we should start by asking and understanding is, 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. The good news is, you won’t have to get on a ladder or onto your roof. You can inspect your roof from the ground.

  • 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 and days. If you’re looking for these signs, you’ll have the best luck checking near the roof edge.

If you notice that your shingles are damaged in this way, it’s going to be best if you fix them soon. The cracks and gaps in between the broken shingles can cause water to seep through and lead to a damaged roof.

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are often caused by storm damage or high winds. It’s not typical that a set of shingles would come off on its own. This makes checking your roof after a storm, all the more critical. 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 too much 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 to be missing or pulled back. These are areas that will be 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. Sometimes there will be lots and sometimes just a few. 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 all take a toll on your roof. Depending on the material your roof is made up of, you’ll notice the damage taking different forms. Asphalt and wood shingles can blow off in sections while metal roofing is more likely to be dented or bent before coming off completely.

No matter the type of roof you have, if you notice storm damage, you’ll want to have your roof looked at by a professional right away. In most cases, if you’re able to catch it 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.

Roofing project with WISA.

Benefits of a New Roof

Before starting any home improvement project, you should always consider the cost and value proposition of taking it on. Perhaps no project offers as much resale value increase as a new roof. Whether you’re thinking of moving or staying in your home, a new roof adds a tremendous amount of value to your home. Here are a few things you need to know about a roof replacement and the return on investment.

Roof Replacement Cost

So how much is that new roof going to cost you? It largely depends on the size and style of your roof. You can expect to pay between $15,000 and $30,000 for a roof on an average-size home. If you choose to install more expensive shingles, your price-per-square-foot will increase accordingly.

While the costs are there and it can seem like a large investment in your home, it’s also a wise investment. Keeping your home looking good and fully functional saves you more money in the long run and will be a huge benefit when you go to sell your home.

Roof Repair Cost

The cost to repair your roof after storm damage or other common damage is significantly cheaper than the cost of replacing the entire roof. Oftentimes, a repair is a better use of your time and money because more can be gained from making sure that your home’s roof makes it to the end of its lifetime before needing to be replaced.

A typical repair will cost anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000. It can cost more or less depending mostly on how large of an area needs to be repaired and the types of roofing materials that need to be used.

Roof Repair vs. Replacement

Knowing whether it will be better to repair or replace your roof can be determined by a few different factors. Those factors include:

  • How old your roof is.
  • Can new shingles be matched to those existing shingles?
  • Is there damage beyond missing shingles?
  • And so much more.

Ultimately it won’t be your choice if the roof should be replaced or repaired. Calling a professional roofing company that you trust to do an inspection is your best course of action. Professionals will tell you whether or not it makes sense to install a new roof or repair your existing roof to maintain your home’s integrity.Large home with asphalt shingle roof

How Much Value Does a New Roof Add?

We’ve discussed the importance of replacing a roof when it becomes damaged and the importance of ensuring that it’s well taken care of. But, we haven’t talked about the value that a new roof can add to your home.

It’s in most homeowners’ best interest to replace their roof before selling their home in order to add value to the property. 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.

Using an Insurance Claim

One way that homeowners can replace their roof without any significant cost to themselves is through an insurance claim. Quite a few factors play into insurance claims on your home, but the best way to get a new roof with the help of insurance is when a big storm hits.

Big storms, whether it be lots of water, hail, snow, or high winds, can cause a lot of damage. They can take a perfectly good roof and tear it to pieces in no time. If you think you may have fallen victim to storm damage, then it would be important for you to reach out to a trusted roofing contractor, ASAP. Without an inspection from a trusted contractor, you won’t be able to get a claim filed.

If you choose to work with WISA, we’ll help you get your insurance claim filed so that you don’t have to worry about how you’re going to pay for the new roof you need. We have experience working on a home with storm damage and want to make sure that you’ve been taken care of to the fullest extent every time we work with you.

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 contractors that you can trust. Fortunately, if you’re reading this, you’ve found a team of roofing experts that can get the job done right. Better yet, we offer you a guarantee of workmanship on your home. If anything short of an act of God causes problems with your roof, we’ll make it right. That’s the WISA Pledge!

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

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