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How Often Roofs Need Be Replaced

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:

Roofing Year Approx.
Asphalt Shingles 20 Years
EPDM15 to 25 Years
Metal40 to 80 Years
Modified Bitumen20 Years
TPO7 to 20 Years
Bur30 Years
Spray Foam25 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.

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Hail Roof Damage after a Severe Storm in El Paso Tx

El Paso Texas is city known to occasionally have severe thunderstorms that bring high winds and hail. When this happens, your personal property becomes a target for mother nature potentially damaging your assets. Your roof is one asset that protects your home and everything inside. So, it is always important to check your home after a severe hail storm.

A damaged roof can lead to leaks inside your home. Have you ever experienced a drip landing on you, only to look up and see water dripping from your ceiling? You immediately get up and get a bucket to collect the water. If this sounds like your situation after a storm then you need to seriously consider a roof repair. Ignoring the leaks overtime can add additional cost like ceiling replacements, mold removal, and replacing your carpet.

Searching for Leaks and Taking Action

Many roofs do withstand hail storms, but it doesn’t hurt to inspect your home both inside and out after a major hail storm. Some leaks are not visible, so look for puddles around your home and find where its coming from. Another tip is to look at your walls, ceilings for what looks like damped areas. Wet spots can be visible as they appear darker. Before leaks occur, the area in question will no longer absorb the water and will begin to drip. Inspect your attic (if you have one) for leaks and/or puddles of water.

If there are no leaks, then its time to check the outside. (Remember you are inspecting your home after a severe hail storm). When safe, walk around your yard and look for any signs of roof debris. If you see torn shingles on the ground you need to inspect your roof for further damage.  You should also look for dents, holes or exposed areas that should be covered. You can also get a hold of a roofing contractor to inspect your roof for hail and wind damage if you’re not sure what to look for. Its better to spot, isolate and repair the problem sooner than later.

 

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