One great benefit of a new roof is that it will last for decades. Unfortunately, no roof will last forever. As the materials start to show their wear and tear from time, weather and impact, these weak points could potentially turn into expensive problems. It’s never a good idea to neglect your roof, and it’s especially important that you know how to identify when it’s time for you to replace your roof.
The professionals at First Quality Roofing & Insulation Company believe all Las Vegas homeowners should be aware of the symptoms of an aging or deteriorating roof. We’ve put together this helpful guide to highlight which signs to look out for and when it might be the right time to replace your roof.
How long should a roof last? That depends on the type of material used and the quality of the installation. There are many types of roof materials, including asphalt shingles, metal roofs, cedar shakes, and slate shingles. The average roof should last you approximately 20 years. If your roof is nearing or over the two-decade mark, it may be time for a replacement. Even if you don’t visibly see any signs of damage, so many years of expected wear and tear are bound to create problems sooner or later.
You don’t need to be a roofing expert to know that missing shingles are a bad sign. Typically, shingles will come off of your roof due to bad weather or significant animal activity. Although you may believe replacing them is the best solution, the roof may have incurred more damage without the shingles to protect it.
Heavy Environmental Damage
Thankfully, Las Vegas does not have to contend with the severe snow or rainfall that other cities do. However, the rain we do receive, coupled with our extreme heat and sunlight, can cause just as much damage to a roof. UV rays and high temperatures can cause the roof tiles to buckle or curl, nails to pop, and flashing issues to present themselves. Imagine how much damage 20 years of daily direct sunlight can do to a roof — not to mention the havoc heat is wreaking on your energy bills due to increased heat transfer from a weakened roof.
Brown spots on the ceiling? Dark spots on the shingles? Is water dripping in the house? If you’ve seen any of these issues on your roof or ceiling, you need to address these problems immediately. Depending on the extent of the damage, even a newer roof may need to be replaced to ensure your home is protected from mold and future leaks.
Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?
Old age, lingering leaks and significant damage are warning signs that your roof might be at the end of its lifecycle. Thankfully, First Quality Roofing is ready to perform an inspection on your roof and advise you on how to proceed. If you discover that you need a roof replacement, our professionals will get you all squared away. If your roof is still in reliable condition, our helpful technicians will inform you about our Preferred Maintenance Plan that will maintain your roof year-round and maximize its lifespan. Call First Quality Roofing & Insulation today for more information!