• When Should My Asphalt Roof Be Replaced

    January 14, 2022 | Blog | Donnie
  • With a leaking roof, most homeowners would be inclined to believe that they are going to have to have their roof replaced. Although, that may very well be the case, it is not always necessary. So, the question then becomes when should your roof be replaced? It will actually depend on several factors.  

    Here are 3 of the main reasons you will want to have your roof replaced.

    1. The age of your asphalt roof exceeds 20 years.

    The life of a roof is how many years before it completely fails or it is practical to replace it. For a standard 3-tab asphalt shingle roof, that’s 25-years. 

    As a rule of thumb, an asphalt roof should last anywhere from 15 to 25 years.  If your roof is properly installed and kept ventilated well, you should get to the end of your expected life – around 25 years. For obvious reasons, you will want to have your roof replaced before it begins to leak or completely gives out.  If it gets to that point, it will end up being more than a roof you will be replacing.

    An experienced roofing company will suggest that you consider replacing your roof at about 80% of it’s expected life. With that said, if your roof is expected to last 25 years, you should think about replacing at about the 20 year time frame.

    By replacing your roof before it’s life expectancy, you can prevent potential problems before they happen.

    2. Your asphalt roof fails   

    The roofing materials should last for the time frame the manufacture specifies.  Granted, your roof may give out prematurely for a variety of reasons.  One reason being improper roof installation. Another common reason would be inadequate roof ventilation.

    A tell-tale sign of an improperly installed roof would be discovering roof shingles in your yard or possibly even whole sections of roof sliding off.

    When your roof was installed while not using the proper techniques, if may give out prematurely.  Another thing to be cognizant of is the reality that your manufacturers warranty does not cover your roof if it was improperly installed or damaged due to improper ventilation. In these scenarios,  all you will be left with your roofing contractors workmanship warranty to fall back on.

    3. Storm Damage

    The type of weather in your area will have a large impact on the wear and tear your roof is subjected to. Heavy storms such as tornados or hurricanes can create enough damage whereas replacing the roof is the only option   

    Having a metal roof presents a unique problem.  For example, hail damage to the metal panels can adversely affect the integrity of the metal, which can inevitably lead to roof replacement.  But if an asphalt roof is subjected to hail damage, replacement is only necessary if the soft metals such as downspouts or flashing are damaged.  

    Considerations if replacing an asphalt roof

    Now that you know why you would need a roof replacement, there are a few things you should consider when it comes to replacing your roof. Your future plans and budget should be on your mind when investing your hard earned money in a roof replacement 

    Do you plan on selling your home in a few years? 

    If you are in your retirement years and you have no plans to move , you should think about having your roof replaced if it is around 20 years old or more.  If it is in your budget for a full roof replacement, at least you can get it done and forget about it. On the other hand, if it’s something you put off, you run the risk of potential hidden problems down the road. In this scenario, you could not only end up replacing the roof anyhow, but now with damages to possible the frame of the house.

    If the roof is approaching it’s useful life and you have plans to sell the house in a few years, you will eventually need to have the roof replaced at some point prior to putting on the market. If it’s within your budget do replace the roof now, consider doing so. A new roof will add value to your home, so look at in terms of an investment rather than an expense.