Your roof’s age is a key piece of information that you’ll need when making decisions about maintenance, repairs and, ultimately, replacement. In today’s post, local roofing company Superior Roofing discusses why you should know the age of your roof.
Roofing Life Span
All kinds of roofing systems have an expected life span. Standard asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last 20 to 30 years, while metal roofs typically last 50 years or more. The older the roof is, the more susceptible it becomes to wear and tear. During the course of the roof’s service life, the roof’s age plays a role in the following aspects:
- Warranty. Roofing warranties are informed by the roof’s age. The most common type is based on a certain number of years after installation. Some roofing manufacturers provide prorated coverage, which means the extent of the coverage gradually decreases after a certain period after installation.
- Insurance. Homeowners’ insurance coverage is likewise informed by the roof’s age. Generally, the newer the roof, the better the coverage.
- Resale value. A roof that’s only a few years old tends to be more attractive to home buyers, and therefore can command a higher asking price.
Tips on Determining Your Roof’s Age
The easiest way to determine your roof’s age is through existing paperwork. The roof’s completion date is typically mentioned in receipts, insurance forms and the quote or contract. Messages between you and your contractor may likewise help narrow down the date of completion. You or someone in your household may have also shared a post on social media about the roof’s completion.
Sometimes, you may not have full documentation of the roof. Perhaps you’re not the first owner, or any of the paperwork described above are not immediately available to you. In such a situation, your best best bet is to have your roof inspected by a roofing professional. An experienced roofer will be able to estimate the roof’s age by analyzing the amount of wear on the roof, inside and out.