When Should I Replace My Roof?
Your roof is often an “out of sight, out of mind” part of your house, so it’s hard to know always what shape it’s in. However, a functioning roof is crucial to a solid home. It’s the backbone of your residence. Roofs are what keep your home properly ventilated, insulated, and protected from the cold, rain, snow, or whatever damaging wear and tear it may face. Roofs provide structural support to your home. That’s why it’s important to have a good roofing system and know when it’s time to replace your roof.
Sometimes, it’s obvious when the moment for roof replacement has arrived, like after a tree has fallen or a leak has sprung. But other times, it’s more subtle. You may wonder if it’s time to look into replacing roof shingles. Perhaps you’ve noticed the tiles are beginning to curl.
Having your roof inspected regularly will help keep an eye on its condition, and it is a preventive measure you can take. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends scheduled roof system inspections at least twice a year. The best times to perform those roof inspections are in the spring and fall as roof systems, especially asphalt shingle roof systems, are subject to more wear and tear during seasons of winter weather and periods of sun and heat.
Regular inspections help identify seasonal wear, and they allow you to fix roof issues as they pop up, before they turn into larger problems such as a leak or caving.
How often should a Roof Be Replaced?
In general, a recommended roof replacement timeline is based on the building material used and the weather conditions the roof endures. On average, though, a roof replacement is most likely needed if your roof is at least 20 years old.
For asphalt and composition shingles, the expected timeline to replace your roof is a bit sooner than others, most likely needing a roof replacement every 12 to 30 years. Meanwhile, wood shingles last a bit longer at 20 to 25 years, with synthetic shingle rubber roofs at 30 to 50 years and metal roofs at 50 to 75 years.
Your roof’s condition also depends on the climate and weather your roof experiences. Roofs that see more damaging and seasonal weather will have a shorter lifespan. If you live in an area with severe storms and high winds, you should check your home for damage after a storm passes by. If you live in an area with harsh winters or humidity, you may find the building materials on your roof wearing out more quickly.
So, When Should I Replace My Roof?
The answer to that is going to be different for everyone. Here are some signs your home likely needs a roof replacement:
- Cracked, loose, or damaged shingles
- Missing shingles
- Curling shingles
- Mold, moss, or rot
- Signs of leaking or water damage
- Dark spots
- Exposed nails
Sometimes, your roof will naturally wear down over time without experiencing a particular roof failure. It may just look old and worn, which may require a roof replacement. Watch for those warning signs as your roof ages, so larger problems don’t develop down the road.
Another sure sign you may need a roof replacement is if it seems like all your neighbors are upgrading theirs. If the folks down the street are fixing up their roofs, you may want to consider it, too, as your home almost certainly was constructed at the same time as their structures, meaning it’s been exposed to the same wear over the years.
What’s the Average Cost to Replace My Roof?
So now that you’ve determined you most likely need a roof replacement, it’s time to get an estimate. Just like your roof replacement schedule, the cost of replacing your roof is going to vary, depending on the building material used as well as the square footage of your roof.
On average, the cost to replace a roof is around $8,000, according to Forbes Advisor. In the Jacksonville area, it typically ranges from just over $10,000 to as much as $20,000.
A solid roof over your head is what protects your home and family. That’s why it’s important to maintain your roof’s condition and get the best people on the job to do that.
Jack C. Wilson Roofing Co. has been replacing roofs in the Jacksonville area for over 70 years. The family-run business offers roof replacements at reasonable prices with quality assurance. Whether it’s a full gut job or replacing roof shingles, our team has you covered. Get in touch today for a free estimate on your roof replacement.