Question: How Often Do Roofs Need To Be Replaced?
To better understand when roofs need to be replaced, there are a few factors to consider. You have to take into account the type of roof material is on your roof. There really is no true answer although many experts say that a roof has a 25-30-year rule for a roof replacement. But it should you wait that long?
What gets over looked is the weather elements and wild life. El Pasoans don’t have to worry too much with snow accumulation since it happens maybe once a year. But our local area does have to be weary of strong winds, hail damage, rain (causing roof leaks) and sometimes wildlife. All of these can impact the lifespan of your roof. Replacing your roof depends on several key factors:
- Local Weather
- The Age of roofing materials
- Annual maintenance and care
- The quality of the products
- The design of the building or home
- Minor repair up keeps
- Wildlife: Pest and Rodents
- Debris Accumulation
El Paso does not really experience four seasons but it does experience from time to time severe weather. It is recommended to inspect the roof for damage any time after bad weather occurs. This allows you to take care of the minor damages preventing them from getting bigger and more expensive.
How long is the lifespan of your Roof?
As mentioned earlier the average length is 25 to 30 years. That can change if the roofing material is old, or low quality and the roofing contractor did a poor job installing the roof. Another factor is the pest, termites for example can be damaging the wood on your roof. The weakened beams can cause a future collapse forcing the owners to file an insurance claim to fix the roof.
Do the type of materials used determine the life of you roof?
Yes, not every roofing material is created equal! Some last longer than others. See the graph below:
|Asphalt Shingles||20 Years|
|EPDM||15 to 25 Years|
|Metal||40 to 80 Years|
|Modified Bitumen||20 Years|
|TPO||7 to 20 Years|
|Spray Foam||25 to 35 Years|
Of course we have to look at other variables as well. One example is that the roofing material was not good from the start (like a bad lemon) or the roofing contractors did a poor job installing the material. You also take into consideration weather.
Despite the variables, if the roofing maintenance was done then the roofing material could last much longer than expected. There are simple tips you can do on your own to ensure lasting results:
- Inspect for Debris after weather storms
- Look for water puddles inside the home
- Ceiling Stains- Are they getting bigger and is the ceiling changing shape
- Safely check the roof top for dents, missing shingles or puddles
We can agree that a home that is well maintained will not need major fixes. If you do spot a leak or damage, don’t delay, get someone out there to fix it. Some homeowners will turn the other way because of potential costs. But what if the damage was small? A 200 dollar repair is better than an 8k-10k repair.
Wildlife: Pest and Rodents
One common problem that people over look is pest and insects. Termites like wood and can eat their way through the framing. This weakens it making it vulnerable to even the lightest of storms. It is a good idea to check for rot especially on the framing that keeps your roof together.
Believe it or not rats can also present a problem. The don’t necessarily eat wood but they do bit it as they look for areas to build their nests. This will weaken the framing and can become an expensive problem. Hiring an exterminator will save you money keeping the wildlife at bay.
Finally, taking care of or simply maintaining your roof can reduce the amount of times need for a re-roof, installation or repairs. If you simply take a few minutes of your time to inspect your roof you will be saving yourself a ton of money, and keep the insurance from raising your rates.