Barring any roof damage or serious neglect, a roof will last at least twenty years. If there has been some roof leak repair in the past, for example, it may not last quite that long. A roof that is twenty years old needs to be replaced. It also makes sense to replace a roof if the roof repair cost is more than half the cost of a new roof.
Have It Inspected
Replacing a roof is an expensive project. Most companies that offer Roof Repair and installation offer free inspections to homeowners. It is wise to seek out an experienced company for this service than just assuming replacement has to be completed. An inspection will also indicate to the professional if re-roofing in an option.
This process can save money, if it can be done. It consists of installing a roof over the existing one. There are a few factors that have to be considered. The structure of the roof has to be able to support the project. Building codes do not allow more than one re-roofing project for any structure so if one has been installed already, it is not an option.
Roofing materials have improved greatly and some new roofs today come with a lifetime warranty. It is fine to have the same type of roof installed, but explore other options first. The result may be a roof that will last fifty years or more. Some materials, such as metal, are available with reflective coatings that reduce cooling costs. This type of roof will save money for years and may even qualify for a tax credit based on the increased energy-efficiency.
Inexpensive options, such as composition shingles, may end up costing more money long-term. These common shingles can be installed by any roofer, are fire resistant, and low cost. The downfalls include maintenance costs and replacement costs after twenty years. The total cost of that choice will be higher than spending more money initially. Taking the time to consider all the costs of roofs will lead to a more informed decision.
Metal roofs, traditionally installed onto commercial buildings, are gaining popularity among homeowners. The up-front costs are higher than shingles, but panels can be installed quickly and require zero maintenance. That saves on labor costs and professional cleaning costs. Many manufacturers offer lifetime warranties, so replacement costs are eliminated under normal conditions. This option is more cost-effective than the cheaper material option.