How Long Should My Roof Last?

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Can a roof last 30 years?

Are you trying to figure out how long your roof will last before you need to replace it?

That all really depends on the type of roof you have, its age, and its relative health. Under ideal conditions, yes, 30 years isn’t an unreasonable life expectancy for composite or architectural shingles–the most common type of shingle used on residential housing in the U.S. In fact, even standard 3-tab asphalt shingles can last anywhere from 25-30 years. Tile and metal roofs will last much longer, with an average lifespan of 50 years.

Of course, for a roof to age gracefully, regular upkeep is necessary. This means getting professional roofers like those at AC ROOFING AND SIDING out for annual inspections, making sure your roof and gutters are free from debris and that repairs are made as soon as possible after any damage occurs.

Once your roof has seen about 25 years, you’ll probably want to consider replacing it. When it’s time for a roof replacement in Hilliard, OH, we are the trusted local professionals that area residents count on. Get your replacement scheduled today by calling (614)-505-9605.

What is the average lifespan for a roof?

While there is no simple answer to how long your roof will last, the average lifespan of asphalt shingle roofing is 15 to 30 years depending on the type of shingles used. Standard 3-tab shingles, for instance, can last anywhere between 15 to 25 years, though 30 years is not unheard of. Architectural or composite shingles typically survive about 30 years before a full roof replacement is needed.

One of the longest-lasting roofing materials available is metal roofing, which can last 50 years or more. Tile roofing also lasts 50 or more years. Slate roofs can last for centuries but are often very heavy and expensive to install.

How do I know it’s time to replace my roof?

Age plays the biggest role when determining its time to replace your roof. Once your roof hits between 20 to 30 years of age, you should look into getting a roof replacement. It’s at this time most roofs begin showing their wear and tear, no matter how well-maintained they’ve been. It’s also likely you’ve been spending money a little more often on minor repairs. Here are some other signs it’s time to replace your roof:

  • Recurring leaks: Constant leaks are big problems that add up in repair costs. A new roof will save money.
  • Sagging: Sagging or drooping roofs often indicate structural damage. Collapse is a risk.
  • Granules in the gutters: An excessive number of granules from your shingles in the gutters indicates the shingles are beginning to break down and it won’t be long before they no longer provide protection.
  • Water stains on the ceilings or walls of the home: Water stains on the ceilings or walls mean roof leaks and often costly repairs for both the roof and the water damage on the interior of your home.

Why is roof replacement important?

A roof that is in good condition preserves the health and safety of your home, protecting your home and you from the elements. If your roof is in disrepair or has multiple leaks or other problems you risk water damage and even structural damage that’s going to cost you money and time. A new roof saves both money and time for you and your family.

Roof replacement is an important investment in the long-term health and safety of your home. New roofs guard your home against weather damage, pests, and leaks (leaks are usually the worst problem a roof can have because they lead to issues like water damage, mold and mildew, and rot). When you have AC ROOFING AND SIDING install a new roof using GAF products, you’ll have a durable, long-lasting and energy-efficient roof that will save you money on repair costs and utility bills.

Is your roof leaking? Are there shingles missing or broken? Contact a roofing contractor immediately for a consultation. A qualified contractor will inspect your roof and help you determine if it’s time to replace your roof.

What should I expect with roof replacement?

Once you’ve contacted a contractor, they’ll schedule you for an assessment in which they’ll determine the scope of the work involved. They’ll take measurements and inspect the roof and then provide you with an estimate of costs as well as a timeframe in which work will be completed. If you agree with their proposal and sign the dotted line, they’ll begin working.

The actual process of replacing a roof begins with a tear-off of the old roof down to the roof deck. The tear-off will be messy, so make sure your property and your family are protected from debris. Afterward, the contractor inspects the roof deck to make sure it’s in good enough condition to support the new roof. Next, the underlayment is installed. This material protects the roof deck and provides waterproofing. Finally, the new roofing material will then be installed. Roofers typically start at the eaves and work their way up the roof.

After all the new roofing has been installed, the contractor performs finishing touches such as gutter installation or installing chimney flashing.

One thing to remember: a full roof replacement can take several days to complete. This means you’ll need to prepare for some disruption to your everyday home life. Of course, AC ROOFING AND SIDING knows when we install a new roof, the disruption will be worth it. That’s because you’ll have a brand new roof protecting your home for many years to come.

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Roof replacement near me

If your roof is showing signs of age and wear and tear, that usually means it’s time to replace your roof. And for reliable roof replacement in Hilliard, OH, look to AC ROOFING AND SIDING. We’ve established ourselves as a trusted local roofing contractor through superior workmanship. We are also GAF-certified so you know you’re getting high-quality, long-lasting roofs.

Get your replacement set up today by calling our team at (614)-505-9605.