How Often Should I Replace My Shingles on My Roof?
Despite protecting us from everything from the elements to rodents, our roof is one of the most neglected parts of the house. We usually notice problems a bit too late, primarily when the cause is a small leak that gets out of hand. Even a single loose shingle could cascade into a mountain of problems, and it will always cost a lot of money to fix everything up. So to prevent high repair and maintenance costs, replacing your roof shingles before they get out of hand is a good idea.
What should you look for in old and worn shingles?
It’s always a good idea to visually inspect your roof now and then, especially following extreme weather conditions such as a storm.
It would help if you were looking for any visual damage to your shingles or the roof. For instance, you may notice that some of your shingles have begun to crack, or others have gone missing. If this is the case, your roof could be compromised the next time there’s heavy rain or a storm.
You can also take a closer look at your roof to see if there is any mold or rot since this is usually a sign that your roof is starting to age and needs replacement. You can also look for sagging in your roof or even holes in your shingles. If your roof doesn’t look perfect from a glance, you can expect many problems with your roof if you look up close.
In most cases, checking on your roof twice a year is enough to stop any potential issues before they become a big problem. If you don’t want to climb up to your roof to inspect it, hiring a service can help take the work out of your hands.
In short, here are the things you should look out for which may indicate the need for replacement shingles:
- Loose or cracked shingles
- Missing shingles
- Mould or rot on shingles
- Wet spots and leaks
If you notice any of these problems with your roof shingles, don’t hesitate to contact a roofing expert such as Dwight’s Roofing. Our experts will perform a complete examination.
Do I need to replace my entire roof?
A common concern when people notice missing or damaged shingles is the possibility of replacing their entire roof. After all, replacing your whole roof will be expensive, and most people don’t want to go through such a lengthy process.
Fortunately, a few loose shingles don’t mean that your entire roof needs replacement. There are many cases where simply replacing a few loose or damaged shingles are enough to provide your roof with ample protection for many more years. In heavy storms and rain, flying debris or strong winds could knock several shingles loose or cause damage to them. It doesn’t necessarily mean that your entire roof is compromised.
A single damaged shingle could signify a more significant problem and is especially true if your roof has been around for several decades. We estimate that most composition and asphalt shingles will last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Wooden shingles tend to have a shorter lifespan. Suppose your roof is several decades old. In that case, it may be a good idea to contact a specialist to examine your roof thoroughly.
Shingles typically don’t need to be replaced unless they are damaged. If they are loose, cracked, or have other forms of visible damage, then you should consider replacing them as soon as possible. However, if there’s no visible damage but you know the shingles have been around for a decade or two, you may want to refresh your roof entirely.
We highly recommend getting your roof checked at least twice a year to ensure that there is no long-lasting damage to it. We also suggest replacing your roof shingles between ten and twenty years, especially if they are constantly under stress due to storms and adverse weather conditions.
If you’re unsure about the condition of your roof shingles, don’t hesitate to contact Dwight’s Roofing today to learn more about the state of your roof and the options you have.