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How Often Should I Replace My Roof?

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How Often Should I Replace My Roof?

Obtaining shelter is one of the primary requirements of a human being. Moreover, a roof over our heads provides us with a sense of security. For many, their home is their primary investment as well. The best way to protect the structure of the house and increase its value is to ensure that the roof is in good condition. All roofs have to be inspected twice a year – in spring and fall. Additionally, most roofs need to be replaced after 20 to 50 years depending on the roofing material used. While minor damage can be repaired and patched up, if the roof has become worn out and damaged in large areas it is best to replace it before you spend time, money, and effort in repairing damaged drywalls or repainting the house.

  1. 1.Benefits of Replacing Your Roof

    A sturdy roof will keep out the rain and moisture ensuring that the walls of the home as well as the items inside are dry and safe. A weak roof can develop leaks during heavy rains causing extensive discomfort and damaging your prized possessions. A new eco-friendly roof can also incorporate solar panels or improve the insulation of your home apart from its curb value. By replacing your old roof first and then attending to the remodeling of your home, you will ensure that the time and effort spent on the remodeling is not wasted by being damaged by rain or snow. Inspecting the roof from the attic for damp spots, mildew, or external light entry is a fabulous way to decide if the roof needs replacing. You should also inspect the roof from outside to spot signs of missing or bald shingles and broken tiles.

  2. 2.Rock Roof

    Rock roofs are inexpensive to lay down and recyclable. The roofing contractor can complete the work in a shorter time as the insulation and other layers of the roof do not have to be fixed to the roof substrate using adhesives or other material. Instead the entire system is pinned to the roof substrate using the rocks or one-inch diameter gravel as ballast. Instead of gravel ballast some newer rock roofs have pavers or even garden soil, making it easy to walk on the roof or have a roof garden and patio. Maintaining a rock roof is also easier as it is possible to easily remove the pavers and fix any problem with the underlying layers. The rock roof is also fire proof making it an idea choice in localities prone to bush fire.

  3. 3.Composite or Asphalt Shingles

    Composite or asphalt shingle roofs are the traditional material for roofs in the U.S. This is an inexpensive roof that protects the structure from wind and rain. However, this roof needs to be replaced after 20 years. Sometimes the gravel on the asphalt shingles can come loose before that or the roof can develop mildew and mold. These are signs that the roof will need to be replaced sooner.

  4. 4.Shake/Wood Shingles

    Shake or wood shingles lend a better appearance to the home. They are often used to enhance the appearance of a well-designed home. While wood shingle roofs are more expensive that asphalt shingle roofs, they also last longer – up to 30 years. When examining a wood shingle roof you need to check for dry wood or splintering as this is an indication that the roof needs to be replaced.

  5. 5. Clay Tiles

    Clay tiles are an attractive roofing option. They improve the appearance of the house and are fire proof, making them a fantastic alternative in areas that are prone to bush fire. Clay tiles can last up to 50 years, compensating for their higher initial cost. You need to inspect the roof twice a year and replace broken tiles. However, you need to ensure that you do not walk on the tiles for the inspection or cleaning as this can lead to more broken tiles. The tiles can also break when objects such as baseballs land on them, so you need to budget for replacing broken tiles if you choose this roofing material.

Enhance the value of your home even as you protect your investment in the structure by replacing the roof when it has become worn out. This will also increase the curb appeal of your home.


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