Four Types of Roofs and When to Replace Them

Especially when you buy a home and you aren’t the first owner, one of the things that you need to consider is the age of your roof. Roof repairs can be common during storm season, but it may be time to start thinking about replacing your roof altogether. Here are the four most common types of roofs and when they should be replaced.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material. These shingles hold up well against the elements and storms, but they do wear out over time. You should replace your asphalt-shingled roof about every 20 to 30 years depending on the quality of the maintenance and upkeep. 

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing can be a lot more durable than asphalt shingles. A metal roof will last for at least 40 years and as long as 80 years depending on the materials used. Metal roofing is more expensive to install, but is easier and cheaper to maintain.

Wood Shingles

Homes built in recent years often have wood shingles. Wood shingles are more eco-friendly, and that is their primary appeal. Cedar is the best type of wood for shingles. If you have a cedar-shingled roof, you need to replace it about every 25 to 35 years, depending on upkeep and maintenance.

Clay Tiles

Clay tile roofs are extremely durable and very attractive, but they do need to be replaced from time to time. If you have clay tiles on your roof, you may have to replace some tiles if they become cracked from storm debris. Replacing the entire roof is rarely necessary, as clay tile roofs last up to 100 years or longer aside from cracked tiles.

If you are unsure of what your roof is made of or when it was last replaced, we can come out and do a roof inspection to determine if replacement is warranted. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your inspection.

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