The roof is probably one of the most important parts of your home, and once it becomes compromised in any way, it can affect your quality of living. It’s important to always keep an eye on your roofing so that you know when problems need to be addressed and replacements need to be done. So how often should you replace your roof and what signs should you look out for?
How Long Does A Roof Last?
A lot of roofs can last up to fifty years, depending on the type of material that’s used. It’s important to know how long your roofing has been in place and what material has been used so that you know how long you have until you should get it replaced. Materials like slate, roof tiles, and metal roofing can last for up to fifty years, but other materials like cedar shakes or asphalt composition shingle roofs (which is most common here in Portland, Vancouver, Salem and all of NW Oregon & SW Washington) can last up to 25-30 years.
Early Signs To Look Out For
The roofing area is not something that you can always easily see, and so it’s important to do some checks every so often. Unless you have the experience, you shouldn’t really be attempting to climb any ladders. There are some early signs that are worth looking out for though when it comes to replacing your roof.
Water Damage – This is often the most apparent as it’s likely to leak through your ceilings. If you see this, then explore your attic area to find the leak and temporarily block it off while waiting for the professionals.
Light – If you see any leak peaking through your roof from the inside, that’s a sure sign that you have a compromised roof. You shouldn’t see any light leaking through your attic roof.
Ageing – For some roofing, you might not know necessarily when the roof was last replaced, and so it’s good to keep an eye on how the roof looks. If it looks like it’s aged quite a bit and you’ve been living in the property for many years already, you might want to look at getting it replaced.
Falling Debris – As well as being an obvious sign, it’s one that can be very dangerous to you and your household. You don’t want to be in the area when a piece of tile or debris falls off the roof. That could end up causing more damage than it’s worth to both you and your property. Take this as a sure-fire sign that you need to replace your roofing to some degree.
How Often Should You Replace Your Roof?
Replacing your roofing is necessary, even though the procedure can take some effort and possibly be a stressful process. Picking the right roofing company to replace your roof is essential, so make sure you do your research on what’s out there and who is reputable. Overall, you should be looking to replace your roof every 20-50 years depending on the material and how long that specific roof has been there. Always keep an eye on it and try to get it checked twice every year.
If you need an inspection or believe you might need a new roof soon, give us a call. We’ve been serving the Pacific Northwest for 14 years. We are reliable, experienced, and provide a 24/7 emergency service. Call Western Pacific Roofing at (503) 659-7663. One of our friendly team members will be happy to help you.