Being a homeowner there are several maintenance to see to if you want to maintain the value of your home. And the roof is one major aspect of your home that may need to be eventually repaired or replaced which can be quite costly. That is why it is important that you know how to asses if a new roof is actually needed or if some minor repairs will do the job. In order to determine how long your roof is likely to last, know what materials are used in your roofing since different roofing materials have different lifespans. Here are some roof replacement tips to help you determine if your home is in need of a new roof.
What to look for?
A roof inspection has to be performed at least twice a year in order to be able to identify problem areas that need to be fixed before it gets worse so you can avoid completely replacing the roof and spend thousands of dollars. But upon inspection and you find that your roof is leaking in some spots and has water damage, it is a big sign that it is in need of replacement. Another is when your roof starts to sag, a replacement is definitely in order. If you notice outside light shining through the roof this is also a sign that your roof may need to be replaced.
How to perform a roof inspection?
Pull out a ladder and do a visual inspection on the exterior of your roof every 2 years. Look out for torn, cracked or missing tiles and loose materials around vents or chimneys. Check for signs of wear on your shingles and do a visual inspection to look for signs of mold, rot or moisture and examine your drainage system in order to make sure that water exists properly from your roof to your gutter. Have your gutters cleaned at least once a year so that water can be prevented from backing up leading to a probable gutter and roof replacement before their lifespan is up.
Does materials make a difference?
The answer is definitely yes! There are different kinds of materials that can be used for roofing and each has a different lifespan. You should keep in mind that it is important to know the materials that has been used for your roof in order for you to have an idea of how long those materials normally last.
Wood Shingles: These can be made from cedar, pine and other woods. Wood shingles can be expensive upfront but it has a lifespan of approximately 30-50 years. Downside is, they have a tendency have poor fire ratings and can be subject to mold and rot.
Metal Roofs: This is a popular option since they are of a much lighter roofing material and are resistant to harsh weather, they have a lifespan of 50 years or more.
Clay or Concrete Tiles: These has a lifespan of 50 years or more and are fire resistant and come in many colors and has the ability to reflect the sun making lower energy costs. Clay and concrete tiles have.
Asphalt Shingles: These material cost low but are resilient and easy to install. However, they only have a lifespan of 15-30 years.
Slate Tiles: This is similar to clay or concrete tiles, they are incredibly heavy and additional roof framing is needed. They are however, easy to repair and can last hundreds of years but are not recommended for hot climates due to their dark color.