How Old Is Too Old For You Roof?

Having a safe reliable roof over your family is paramount. Properly maintaining your roof is a priority for any homeowner. But over time, any roof needs repair and at some point it should be replaced. But how old is “too old” for your roof?

Insurance carriers have detailed data on how long roofs are expected to last, what are the most common causes of roof related claims, and which types of roofs tend to work best. The different materials have various lifespans. And different manufacturers have a recommended lifetime for each their products. Local building codes also have requirements for types of vapor barriers, ice barriers, fasteners, etc., which all have different benefits and lifespans of their own.

The first thing to consider is the outer roofing material. Slate and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Wood shingle roofs should be expected to last about 15-25 years depending on the quality.  Asphalt shingle/composition roofs last approximately 20 years or even longer depending on the type and if they are well maintained and properly installed. Climate and weather conditions, such as snow, rain, hail, etc, can shorten the lifespan of any roofing material.

Roofing decks are also covered with a vapor barrier under the shingles to protect it against moisture. While these barriers are not directly exposed to the elements, they can be damaged without the homeowner knowing about it. Roofing nails holes can be potential leaks. Wind and ice can seep under the barrier and cause damage as well.

Another thing to consider is the roof design.  It’s important to how much pressure blowing wind must exert on it before damage will occur and if water can pool on it and cause leaks well after it rains. A steep slope roof is preferable for standing up to wind and moisture, gable roofs will still protect you and your family. Flat roofs tend to be harder to repair correctly (and therefore more difficult to insure) since the Pacific Northwest gets so much rain.

When damages occur, repairs should be made quickly. As time wears on, it may be more cost effective to replace the entire roof. Manufacturers recommend removing the roofing down to the existing decking to ensure there’s not dry rot or other damage.  In certain circumstances shingling over the existing roof may be an option. However,  Reshingling will add weight to the substructure of the roof. Continued strain on the substructure should also be considered in the lifespan of a roof.

The best defense against your roof prematurely aging is regular inspections by a professional roofing company. Chances are that at some point, there are issues, such as moisture, which could potentially deteriorate the roofing deck that it would be worth your money to replace the roof.

Ultimately, deciding on your roof being too old is up to the homeowner, the insurance policy on the home, and the opinion of a qualified roofing inspector. A leaky roof may be covered under the insurance policy.  But insurance companies sometimes believe homeowners should prevent leaks and subsequent damage. It’s up to the homeowner to take the necessary precautions to maintain the property. If a leaky roof isn’t fixed properly, an insurer might not cover damage.

When your home is ready for a new roof, repairs, or maintenance, you need a reliable, dependable roof repair company. You count on you roofing contractor to keep your home safe and dry. Guardian Roofing is committed to providing top-quality service, professionalism and workmanship. If you are looking for a roof repair contractor please call us today at 844-499-7822 or complete our online service request form.