Front view of a house with asphalt shingles and white siding.

How Often Should You Get A New Roof?

While the roof above you will offer you shelter and safety for years, you’ll need to replace it at some point in the future.

For most folks, their home is the biggest and most costly investment they’ll ever commit. To secure this investment and increase its overall value, make sure that your roof is in a good functional state. Don’t let damage impact your roof. Keep reading this report to find out more about getting a new one.

Life Duration Of A Typical Roof

An average roof replacement job, according to Home Advisor, will cost between $5K-10K and so you will probably need to get a new one once it’s damaged. Luckily, your roof’s life will depend on a few aspects that you can control. Your roof’s building material is the biggest factor that affects its life duration. Here are some of the most commonly used roofing materials:

Composite/asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are among the most commonly used roofing materials. Besides being great to look at, they are incredibly affordable in terms of upfront costs. However, the good ol’ saying “you get what you pay for” applies here as well, as they typically last for up to 20 years. If you invest in higher quality shingles, however, your asphalt shingle roof will probably last for another 10 years.

Metal Roofs

These roofing materials often have a more contemporary look as they give you the chance to choose between various shades. They also need less maintenance work through the years and offer significant energy-savings. Thus, if you wish to trim down your energy bill, get a metal roof.

Flat roofs

In addition to their great appearance and connection to modern home styles, flat roofs have increased in popularity over the last 10 years. A nicely sealed flat roof is safe to walk on and that’s a big plus if you wish to make your roof a nice chilling spot for you and your family. Flat roofs, on average, last around 20 years, given that they are properly maintained and inspected occasionally to expand their duration.

Obviously, most roofs are highly resistant to elements and can last for a couple of decades. However, proper maintenance and regular inspections can increase your roof’s lifespan by a few more years.

What Kinds Of Damage Should I Look Out For?

It’s best to get your roofing professionally checked at least 1X a year. We suggest that you call for a professional check during springtime. What you can do yourself in advance is to watch out for signs of mildew, bending, leakage, or empty shingles a few times throughout the year when you are doing maintenance work.

When Is The Right Time To Get A New Roof?

You can tell if it’s time to get a new roof by closely examining its shingles. In case you see that they aren’t falling flat against the roof’s bed, you better call a professional roofer. In some cases, roof deterioration is obvious, however, in some other cases, the damage is not apparent to the untrained eye.