How Often Should I Replace My Roof?

A roof over our heads provides us with a sense of security and shelter. For most of us, our home is the largest investment we will ever make. The best way to protect that investment and increase its value is to ensure that the roof is in good condition.

All roofs should be inspected twice a year in spring and fall to check for maintenance issues. Depending on the material and type of roof, the life span of most roofs is twenty to fifty years. Inspecting the roof from the attic for stains, mildew, or external light entry is an excellent way to determine if the roof needs repair or replacing. You should also inspect the roof from the outside to spot signs of missing or bald shingles or broken tiles. While minor damage can be repaired, if the roof has become weathered and damaged in substantial areas, it is best to replace it before sustaining greater water damage to the home.


A sturdy roof will ensure that the walls of the home as well as the items inside are dry and safe. A weak or unmaintained roof is susceptible to leakage during heavy rains and wind. This can cause extensive damage to the interior of the home and family possessions. Newer, eco-friendly roofs are now available to incorporate solar panels or improve insulation. If you are remodeling, replacing the old roof first before attending to the remodeling will ensure that the time and effort spent on the remodeling is not wasted by damage incurred by rain or snow.


The most common material for roofs in the United States is composite or asphalt shingle roof systems. It is an inexpensive roofing alternative that protects the structure from the elements. However, this particular roof commonly needs to be replaced after approximately twenty years. Often, the gravel on the asphalt shingles loosens or the roof can develop mildew and mold. These are signs that the roof will need to be replaced sooner.


Shake or wood shingles lend a more rustic and traditional appearance to a home and are often used to enhance the appearance of well-designed architectural elements. Although wood shingle roofs tend to be more expensive that asphalt shingle roofs, they typically last longer, often up to 30 years. When examining a wood shingle roof for maintenance or repair, check for dry wood or splintering as this is an indication that the roof may need to be replaced.


Clay tiles are an attractive and substantial roofing option. They improve the appearance of the house and are fireproof, making them a good alternative in areas that are prone to fires. Clay tiles can last up to fifty years, which compensates for their higher initial cost. Broken tiles should be replaced immediately as they will compromise the leak resistance of the roof. Care must be taken not to walk on the tiles for the inspection or cleaning as this can lead to broken tiles.


Inspecting, repairing, and replacing a roof should only be done by a qualified professional. You can rest assured that Frost Roofs will complete a thorough inspection and make sure the work is done properly, CONTACT FROST ROOFS US TODAY to maintain that investment that is your home.