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How to know if you need to Repair your Roof

Nov 6

How often should your roof be replaced? This number can be affected by many factors, including:

How often do you check with your roofing contractor like Cadillac Roofing?

How well you take care of your roof, what kind of weather it experiences and whether repairs are necessary.

This article has everything you need.

Let's start by talking about how long your roof can last depending on the materials. Next, we will discuss the many factors that impact the life expectancy of your roof based on its materials.

Roof's average life expectancy

Different roofing materials have different life expectancies. Based on the material of the roof, we will begin to estimate its average lifespan.

  • Asphalt shingles

In normal conditions, 3-tab asphalt roofing tiles should last between 15 to 20 years before needing to be replaced. Architectural asphalt shingle roofing can last up to ten years longer due to its design.

  • Roofing using clay/cement tiles

Clay/concrete tiles roofing is one of the best roofing materials. These tiles are durable and strong.

Tile roofing lasts 50 to 100 years.

  • Slate roofing

Slate is the best roofing material. It will typically last at least 100-years.

  • Shingles made of wood

Wooden shingles can last 25-30 years. They do need to be maintained, which reduces their longevity.

If you don't keep your roof clear of leaves and moss, it can lead to roof decay. If you maintain your wood shingle roof properly, it can last up to 50 years.

Wood roofing can also be destroyed by fire. Wood roofing can catch fire easily and is therefore illegal and dangerous.

  • Shakes made of wood

Wood shakes have a thicker shell, which makes them more resistant to UV radiation and other harsh weather conditions than shingles. These roofs can last between 35-40 years.

It is vital to remember that roof maintenance is an important consideration. The roof's longevity will depend on how well it is maintained.

  • Metal roofing

Another option is metal roofing, which is very long-lasting. Metal roofing, which includes steel and aluminum, can last up 50 years before needing to replaced.

  • Other factors that impact roof durability

The material you use will affect the life expectancy of your roof. Weather conditions and upkeep also play a role. Certain weather conditions can make wood shingles more susceptible to mildew and cracking.

Asphalt shingles may also be very lightweight and can fall more frequently in high-wind areas. Trees and branches can cause roof damage from high winds.

This damage can quickly get worse if it isn't dealt with immediately. Moisture can seep into a small crack in the roofing material.

Roof inspections are vital for extending the life of your roof, regardless of its material.

Roof Damage Signs That Could Shorten Your Roof’s Life

Roof failure can be quickly caused by roof damage that isn't addressed. These roof problems are common and can quickly cause damage to your roof, making it less durable.

  • Leaks and Holes

Roof damage is so severe that you can't see the sun through the large holes. These signs are a sign that your roof may need to be replaced immediately.

Moisture can get in through small cracks or holes. As we've already said, these cracks and holes can rapidly deteriorate.

Has your roof evaluated if sunlight is getting into cracks or leaking from rainwater?

  • Water & Moisture Stains/Damage

Excess moisture, water stains or damage to the roof decking or ceiling can all indicate a leak. Moisture can seep into your attic insulation.

A leaky ceiling can be identified if you see yellowish, or brownish-colored streaks on your ceiling. A leaky ceiling can also be seen if your walls have yellowish or brownish spots. Rainwater can carry dirt, debris and other particles that can cause discolouration to your walls or ceilings. A larger leak can be identified by sagging ceilings. It is crucial to repair your roof if you see any of these signs.

  • Roof Damage From the Outside

Roof damage can also be seen from the outside. Cracked, rotted, missing, or damaged shingles are the most obvious signs of roof damage.

Also, inspect your roof for any unusually-shaped spots. Roofs should look clean and consistent.

Substandard roofing contractors could have performed a job in an unusual location. Bad patch jobs can cause more harm than good.

You can check the ground and gutters around the roof if you cannot see its exterior. Broken shingles could end up in your gutters, or the ground.

Weather damage to your roof can be more severe when you have

How frequently should your roof be changed?

The information you have provided should help you determine the frequency of roof replacement. Below is a table that shows the average life span of each roofing material. Next look for signs of roof deterioration.

You will need to know your roof's age and condition to be able use this information. Additional inquiries can be made.