How Often Should You Replace Your Roof?

Roof replacements are a very important part of home maintenance, and depending on which type of roof you have, the lifetime varies. Pacific Green Homes knows how important a good roof installation is to keeping your home in good condition, and we will be happy to discuss your roof replacement options with you today. The “30-year rule” is a good reference for when to replace your roof, but this varies depending on the local environment, materials, and prior installation quality, among other factors. To get a better idea of when you should replace your roof, find your roof type below.

Roof Lifespans Depending on Material

The lifespan and recommended replacement time for your roof will vary depending on the material. There are pros and cons to each roof type, and we will be happy to discuss each of these to find the perfect roof for your home.

Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle on a roof, because they are cost efficient and simple to install. That said, they additionally have one of the shortest lives after install. It is a good idea to keep an eye on your 3-tab asphalt shingle roof after 15 years, and look for any bubbling or peeling.

Wood Shingles: 20-25 years

Wood shingles are an attractive and more environmentally-friendly option from traditional 3-tab asphalt roofs, but in some circumstances can require replacement sooner. Wood shingles are traditionally red oak. Keep an eye out for splitting, rotting, or algae-covered shingles for an idea of when your roof is ready for a replacement.

Rubber Roof: 30-50 years

A rubber roof is a great option if you are looking to extend the life of your roof at a great cost. There are many advantages to a rubber roof beyond costs, such as the easy of installation, reduction in heating costs, and ease of maintenance. One of the major drawbacks to a rubber roof is that it is not as aesthetically appealing as a traditional roof, but we will be happy to discuss your options and the benefits of this decision.

Clay Tiles: 50-100 years

Clay tiles are a common option in the Los Angeles area, and are an attractive and durable material for a roof. They are very energy-efficient, extremely resistant to rot, require very little maintenance, and are very long-lasting if installed correctly. One of the major drawbacks to a tile roof is that there is a significant upfront cost, but if this cost seems worth it to you so that you can avoid issues that come with other materials, it may be worth it. In addition, there are a variety of materials that you can use as tiles, which gives a variety of aesthetic options.

Metal Roof: 50-75 years

A metal roof may be the most durable of all, and has many advantages, but its longevity does come with some drawbacks. A metal roof is much lighter than a rubber or shingled roof, and may last as long as a house if installed properly. In addition, the roof can be installed quickly by a skilled roofer, and has great durability in high winds and rains. The upfront cost is a major factor that dissuades homeowners from choosing a metal option. Although, this cost is amortized over the life of the home. In addition, a metal roof has a very distinct and noticeable noise when it is being rained on, which some may enjoy but others may find very disruptive.

Discuss Your Roof Options Today

The roof materials listed above are only a small sample of the roofs that are installed today. If you are unsure of when your roof needs to be replaced, would like to have a professional opinion on its current condition, or would like to explore options for a replacement, contact Pacific Green Homes today. We will be happy to go over our past installations, the best choices for your home, as well as your budget.

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