The idea of spending $5,000 – $10,000 on a shingle roof replacement is hardly anyone’s ideal situation. Especially when you think that your shingles are fine. But how long can you go without a shingle roof replacement? If you aren’t sure how to identify when you need to replace your roof, it can come as a shock when you suddenly have to pay for it.
Roof replacement when you’re working with shingles can vary. You should expect to have to replace your shingle roof after 15 to 30 years. Don’t worry about playing the guessing game, though; your roof will give you signs that it needs replacing long before water starts to cascade into the dining room during dinner.
Roof replacement needs can be determined by a few factors.
For starters, consider the contractors that either installed your roof originally or did the last roof replacement. A good, solid company that does consistently great work tend to give their customers shingle roofs with a longer lifespan.
Check your drainage pipes for granules. Shingles tend to start losing the granules that keep your roof protected from the elements at the ‘half-way point’. Once your roof starts to lose its granules, you should contact a roofing company for an inspection. They can give you a better idea of how much life is left in your shingle roof.
Look in your attic on a regular basis for streams of light. Though nothing to worry about if the light is coming through vents or windows, you could have some impending problems forming with your roof if the light is filtering in through the shingles. This is usually an indicator that you need your roof repaired if not replaced.
Consider if your neighbors are getting their shingles replaced. Typically the homes in neighborhoods are built together. If your neighbors, especially more than one, are getting their shingle roof replaced, you should at least consider getting an inspection done. Since the houses are roughly the same age, it would be fair to assume that your roof is past its prime.
Curling and cupping of the shingles indicate water damage, and you should have an inspection done right away to prevent further damage. If you notice that your shingles look damaged, loose, or have been experiencing any leaks from your roof, you should contact a roofing company immediately.
Though they may not last forever, under normal weather conditions, shingle roofing lasts for quite a while. The cost to repair and replace them isn’t devastating, although it can be an unwanted surprise. Knowing the signs to watch out for can help you to save money back for when you need to replace your shingle roof.