When was your roof last replaced? Whether you’ve just moved into a new home or you’ve been in your home for years, it’s important to keep track of the life of your roof and promptly replace it. Roof replacement can protect your home from water damage and a variety of other dangers. Find out how to replace your roof and some signs that a roof may need to be replaced.
Start With an Inspection
Look for signs that your roof may need to be replaced. A shingled roof should be replaced every 20 to 30 years, while a metal roof can last 50 or more years. The most obvious sign of a bad roof is leaking. Water damage on your ceiling or walls can be caused by cracks in your roof line. When in doubt, contact a professional roofing contractor or inspector to see when they recommended your roof be replaced.
Choose a Roofing Material
The two most common roof replacement options are shingles and steel, but you can also choose a more unique material. Wood shingles and other types of metal roof can offer a new look and different features. Wood shingles not only have an excellent look, but they may also have a longer lifespan depending on the climate in your area.
Your replacement doesn’t have to use the same material that’s already on your roof. Depending on your location and the pitch of your roof you can enjoy a shingle roof instead of your metal one or upgrade to steel to improve the lifespan of your old shingled roof.
Contact a Professional
Finally, a professional roofing contractor makes roof replacement easy. Attempting to replace your own roof or hire an amateur can leave you with a leaking roof or a shortened roof lifespan. Choose the best contractor in your area to enjoy a durable, safe and comfortable roof for years to come.