How Often Should Your Roof Be Replaced?

Do You Know How Often To Replace Your Roof?

How Can You Tell When It’s Gotten Too Old?

Almost nothing is made to last forever, even a high-quality roof. But it’s important to know how long it is made to last, so you can know how often to replace your roof. If you underestimate the roof’s lifespan, you might spend money on an expensive roof replacement unnecessarily. On the other hand, failing to replace your roof when it needs it could be just as costly in terms of repairs and problems for your home. If your old roof becomes too leaky, you might have water damage or even electrical wiring damage, mold, or mildew. If your roof develops roof rot, that could spread to the structure of the home.

Roof replacements are essential, but do you know how often to replace your roof? In today’s blog, we’ll go over the tell-tale signs and considerations to keep in mind so you can know how often your roof should be replaced.


A General Rule

A roof’s lifespan can depend on a variety of factors, and we’ll get into those throughout this blog. However, sometimes it helps to have a general standard. For instance, if you’re moving into your new home and trying to decide whether or not to replace the roof, it helps to know simply how old the roof is. If a standard roof of your new home is 20 years old or older, you are probably safe to replace that roof. The same can be said if you’re moving out of the home. The older the roof is, the more likely your home value will decrease, while a new roof is an excellent way to boost your home value. 


The Durability of Different Roofing Materials

Though 20 years is a good rule of thumb, the proper determination factor of your roof’s lifespan comes down to the roofing materials. There are several different types of roofs available, and each will offer a different level of durability and, therefore, life expectancy. For instance, asphalt shingles tend to last 15 years, while fiberglass shingles — which look similar but are hardier in make — can last anywhere from 25-50 years. Metal roofing tends to have a long lifespan, lasting as long as 100 years.


a green metal roof on a brown house


If this is the case, why would anyone go for asphalt shingles? The answer is budget. In addition to the durability factor, the roofing materials also determine the cost of the roof. Asphalt shingles tend to have the lowest upfront cost, making them a valuable option for many homeowners, while metal roofing is more expensive but lasts far longer. Homeowners can weigh the upfront costs against the long-term value to find the best roof for them.


Weather Conditions In Your Region

Your climate also impacts how long your roof is likely to last. Vermont, for instance, has a notoriously humid climate. Summers tend to be muggy, while winters can be heavy with snow, and spring and autumn both experience heavy rains. Fungi, algae, and roof rot can all threaten your roof in humid climates, and roof leaks can be especially pesky in a climate like this. For this reason, it is essential to find a roofing material that fits your climate and that you perform regular roofing maintenance to help extend the life of your roof.


Check Your Roofing Warranty

Your roofing warranty will give you an idea of how long you can expect your roof to last. Manufacturers make these warranties with full knowledge of the durability of their materials. Keep in mind that the warranty for workmanship on the roof is often shorter than the warranty for the product, so if you choose to make repairs or replace the roof towards the latter end of your warranty, you might not be fully covered.


Keep An Eye Out 

Still not sure whether or not it’s time to replace your roof? The best way to know is to simply eyeball it. If you notice damaged shingles, shedding shingle granules, or rusted metal sheets, your roof could have more damage going on underneath the surface. If you notice water damage from the ceilings within your home, that’s a good indication of a roof leak that might mean roof repairs if not a replacement. Use your best judgment based on the comfort and health of your home.


Jancewicz & Son offers various roofing materials, including durable standing seam metal roofing, backed by an expert installation team and our 80+ years of experience in the area. Contact us today to learn more about the services we offer or to get a free estimate on your own roof replacement. 

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