Residential Roofing Repair and Replacement
Getting your residential roofing inspected before noticeable issues arise is one of the best ways to avoid a potential roofing catastrophe. But how often should a residential roof be inspected? How long does residential roofing last?
Let’s discuss these questions one at a time:
How Often Should a Residential Roof Be Inspected?
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends residential roofing inspections every fall before the cooler weather sets in, and if you want to be extra diligent, again in the spring. Those times are a perfect time to check for spot damage and make any residential roofing repairs or replacements needed. In addition to your annual or bi-annual inspection, you want to schedule a roof inspection after any big weather event, where high winds or major debris might have damaged your roof.
A professional roof inspector will examine structural, material, interior, and workmanship integrity to make sure your roof is prepared internally and externally to withstand weather and inevitable age-related wear and tear.
Home roofing inspections accompanied by routine preventative maintenance will extend the life of your home roofing. Pro-tip: schedule your roof inspections to coincide with gutter cleaning for the ultimate roofing care.
How Long Do Residential Roofs Typically Last?
That question is tricky to answer. It depends on a couple of factors, including roof material, weather, and of course any surprising incidents, like a fallen tree. Looking at the various home roofing materials will help you get a sense of your roof’s lifespan, as well as plan for any residential roof replacements you may need to do.
Asphalt shingles, which are particularly affordable and common, can last 15-30 years. Wood shakes or shingles can last up to 30 years, but require diligent annual upkeep. In our climate, they are particularly subject to drying out and warping, becoming brittle over time. Clay and concrete tile roofs are a bit more expensive up front, requiring periodic underlayment replacement, although the tile can last 50+ years.
Metal roofs are an even more expensive roofing material, but can last up to 70 years. Finally, slate tile roofs can last a century or longer! However, slate is both expensive and heavy, so you’ll want to be really thoughtful about using it.
Staying ahead of smaller flaws in your roof will help minimize the risk of dealing with bigger problems down the line. Don’t let leaks and mold sneak up on you! As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine.
What If I’m Overdue for a Roof Inspection or Repair?
At SUNVEK , our team provides residential roofing in Phoenix and the surrounding areas! We have been specializing in quality residential roof installation in Arizona for over 33 years, building a reputation for excellent service and high-quality work. We’re proud to be the residential roofing contractor in Arizona that you can trust.
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