Although it is typically out of sight and out of mind, the roof is one of the most important components of your home. In winter, it shields you, your family and your pets from the elements, including rain, sleet and snow. During the warmer months, your roof blocks the sun’s intense rays to help keep everyone cool and comfortable. It also keeps you, your family and possessions dry during the occasional summer thunderstorm or downpour.
Besides all your roof does for you, your loved ones and your property, it protects your home’s structural components. A good roof will help prevent dry rot and decomposition of the framing material, ceilings, drywall and more that makes up your house.
Your roof does so much for you. What have you done for your roof lately? It’s important to know when to repair or replace your roof for a safe home. Valiant Roofing is happy to offer you this easy 2020 Roof Replacement Guide to help you know when and how to replace your roof.
How Often to Replace Roof Materials
Generally, there are two main reasons for replacing your home’s roof. One is sudden, major damage. This might be caused by hailstorms, lightning strikes, falling trees and a variety of other calamities usually caused by severe storms.
Sometimes, it will be very apparent you need a new roof after one of these horrific events. You will see a hole in your roof or water dripping down into your home. If that’s the case, you need to call a reliable, trustworthy roofer as soon as possible. A roofing contractor will install a temporary patch to protect your family and your belongings. With that done, you will want to have a new roof installed as soon as possible.
At other times, damage to your roof will not be so obvious. One reason for that is it can be difficult to determine damage to a roof unless someone gets up on top of it. This can be extremely dangerous to do yourself, so it’s wise to use a professional for an inspection. Many companies offer free, no-obligation inspections.
Although this service costs you nothing, we highly recommend you choose your inspector carefully. There are two crucial tips to keep in mind that will make sure you end up with a roof inspector and contractor you can trust:
- Pick a roofing contractor that is local. You want a company that will not only give you an honest assessment of your roof’s condition and an estimate for repair or replacement, if necessary, but to be nearby to respond quickly once you’ve chosen your contractor.
- Choose a contractor who will be in your area for the long term. Some unscrupulous outfits, often from out of state, charge hefty upfront fees and then never complete the job. Other “storm chasers” travel from town to town after storms, do rushed, shoddy work and then leave you in the lurch when they move on to the next storm-ravaged area.
The other main cause for roof replacement is simply age. Like all things, roofs deteriorate as they get older. Here, too, a professional roof inspection is your best bet for determining whether it is time to replace your roof.
How Long Do Roofs Typically Last?
There is no simple answer to this question. The lifespan of a roof will depend on the type of roofing material used, the manufacturer, installation and climate, among other things.
Generally, an asphalt shingle roof can be expected to last 20 to 30 years, with 25 years as a good average. If yours is older than 30 years old, it could need replacement even though it looks alright from the ground.
Some indicators of trouble could include curling or missing shingles, lots of moss on the shingles or a sagging roof. Whether you see something that concerns you or not, it’s smart to consult with a trustworthy, expert roofer in your area if your roof is getting up there in age so you can get a professional recommendation.
When Does a Roof Need to Be Replaced?
Sometimes a roof will just need a patch or repair rather than a total replacement. A simple repair will naturally cost much less than a new roof.
But for a roof that’s really old or heavily damaged, an inexpensive repair may actually cost you more in the long run. That’s because water can still get into your home, whether you see it or not. Again, it’s smart to get a free inspection from an experienced, dependable and local roofing contractor to decide whether to repair or replace your roof.
What Is the Average Cost to Replace a Roof?
The cost of a roof replacement varies. Some factors affecting the price of a new roof include the size of your home, the place where you live and the type of materials you choose.
Generally, you can expect to pay $5,000 to $10,000 for a brand-new roof. In addition, removing your old roof will probably cost $1,500 to $3,000. This may seem expensive, but when you consider that your new roof can protect the people you live with and your property for 20 to 30 years, it will likely turn out to be money wisely invested.
If your roof has been damaged by a storm, most homeowners’ insurance policies will cover replacement after your deductible. Some roofing companies even have former insurance adjusters on their staffs who will handle all the insurance paperwork for you. You just make the call while the roofing contractor does the work.
Planning Ahead: How Long to Replace a Roof
Whether your roof has been damaged by a storm or it has just aged beyond its useful life, you want prompt replacement. That is another reason to work with a company in your region. Local roofing contractors will be near your home and able to respond promptly. More importantly, a trustworthy local contractor will be there for years after the job to handle any problems that may arise.
Of course, once you have made the decision for a new roof, you will want the job done as quickly and professionally as possible. Generally, replacement can take one or two days for asphalt roofs and as many as eight or nine days for concrete tile.