The current vogue by roofing materials manufacturers is to offer “lifetime warranties” for their products. This is a safe bet for the likes of industry giants like Owens Corning, GAF, CertainTeed, Tamko and IKO. They can afford to claim 20+ years of full or limited warranties because roofing materials are made so extremely well nowadays. So how will you know how often roof replacement is going to be part of your life?
When It is Needed, It is Needed
A roof is not an optional part of any home. You can get by without satellite television, but you need a roof over your head. So the short answer to how often roof replacement is needed: when it is needed.
Many things can play a part in this, such as how well your roof was installed int he first place, the quality of the materials used, and how well the roof has been maintained. The weather can also affect how long your roof lasts. However, you may not know any of these things if you’ve just purchased your house. This is why we recommend keeping records of all the roof work you have done.
There will come a time when you cannot get by for another five years on duct tape and denial. You need a new shingle roof from a local, reliable roofer.
Many homeowners buy their homes without really knowing much history. Was the roof already replaced in the lifetime of the house? If you have a roof with a questionable history, consult with your local roofer for an inspection and evaluation.
No roof is truly unknowable — a good roofer can assess your home’s roof and give you a realistic picture of a bleak or bright future. Replace in two years or 20? Only your roofer can discover for sure.
Do it Now!
The safest, and possibly the least expensive, solution is to remove all doubt and replace the roof soon. With exceptional warranty programs and 21st century materials, your roof can easily last 20 years or longer.
Metal roofing usually has the longest warranties (50 years are typical), but shingle roofs can be warranted for “as long as you own your home,” which could, the fates willing, be a lot more than 50 years!
One advantage of locking in today’s prices and contractor for a new roof now: you save money for decades to come. Today’s roofs, whether metal, shingle, composite, or low-slope, are more energy-efficient, durable, and colorfast than materials from just a decade ago. You save energy, you save money, and you save sleepless nights wondering when your roof will leak.
When you know the time is right for roof replacement, contact the professionals of RoofTek! We will do the job right, right away.