When it comes to keeping your home safe from the elements, the roof is one of the first lines of defense. With this in mind, it makes sense to provide routine maintenance and watch for signs that it’s time for roof replacement. Most roofs with asphalt shingles last between 15 to 20 years, but there are many factors that affect that number:
- The age of the roof
- Harshness of the weather
- Damage to the roof
- Type of flashing
- State of the underlying decking
If any part of the roof has been damaged, or if your roof is routinely exposed to heat, freezing temperatures, fallen branches, pests, or moisture, you’ll need to replace the roof more often.
Find a Contractor
Knowing that the roof is one of the most important parts of the home, it’s vital that you find highly qualified roof replacement contractors. Get recommendations from friends, family, and coworkers who have had their roofs replaced within the past few years. One good practice for finding a professional who’ll do a great job is to contact at least three contractors.
Next, make sure that the roofing contractors have the right licensing and insurance for your state and local requirements. Record the contractors’ physical address, phone number, and business website. Ask for their tax identification number and keep a copy of their proof of insurance.
Consider Climate and Design
Qualified professionals will help you determine the best type of roof for your home. You’ll consider factors such as the climate in your area, the landscaping around your home, the design and color of your home, and how long you want the roof to last.
Research the Options
Do some research about the types of roofing used in your area and make sure you understood the pros and cons of each of your options. The more you know about roof replacement materials and the installation process, the better you can collaborate with contractors in making a good decision.