Sadly, an often ignored part of the house is the roof. Unless it starts to leak or break apart, you probably won’t notice what’s going on up there. However, regular inspection for potential problems is recommended twice a year according to the National Roofing Contractors Association.
If you are afraid of heights, see if a family member or friend can help. Otherwise, a local roofing contractor can conduct an inspection.
Loose, cracked or damaged shingles
Mold or rot
Signs of water damage or leaking
Holes or dark spots
Hopefully, a bi-annual inspection will catch small problems before a leak develops or a larger section of the roof fails. It is important to maintain the roof and conduct regular visual checks. Better to pay for a small repair than deal with a roof collapse and extensive damage.
The underlying structure should last the lifespan of the house. However, depending on the materials used for the covering of the roof, a full replacement is necessary. Unless the roof is made of concrete, then it just needs inspections for cracks or other wear. Tile roofs are also very durable and rarely need a full replacement.
In general, this is the recommended replacement schedule based on the material used:
Composition Shingles: 12-20 years
Asphalt Shingles: 15-30 years
Wood Shingles: 20-25 years
Rubber Roofs: 30-50 years
Metal Roofs: 50-75 years
These suggested time frames will vary depending on the climate that the roof is exposed to. Severe winters and humidity may wear out the materials more quickly. After a severe storm or high winds, it is good to get on the roof and check for any damage. The roof is essential protection for your home and possessions so stay on top of it, so make sure it is structurally sound.