How Often Should You Replace Your Roof? [Homeowner’s Guide]

July 21st, 2023 BY First American Roofing

At some point in time, homeowners begin to wonder when to replace the roof over their heads. 

As an essential component of the home — one that keeps it and everything beneath it structurally safe — it’s important to know when you need to have it replaced. Otherwise, you can be looking at an inconvenient or dangerous situation. 

Fortunately, the need for a roof replacement isn’t something that occurs often. Consider this your quick and easy guide to knowing when it’s time for a roof replacement.

When to Replace Your Roof

house roof with asphalt shingle roof and tree in the back

How often you’ll need to replace your roof will depend on the materials your existing roof is made from. 

The asphalt roof is the most common type of roofing system. When it comes to the life expectancy of asphalt shingles, their lifespans will vary based on type:

The more premium roofing materials will last longer. For example:

The general rule of thumb regarding when to replace roof systems is to follow the time frame provided by the roofing material manufacturer (for the materials) and your roofing contractor based on their installation practices.

So, if you have a traditional asphalt roof, you can expect to need a replacement every 20 years or so. The other materials will vary based on the manufacturer.

How to Know It’s Time For a Roof Replacement

Unfortunately, not all roofs will age gracefully — especially here in Wisconsin, where tornadoes are expected, as are extreme winters. Therefore, it’s important to keep an eye out for the signs that you may need a new roof sooner than later.

Here’s how you’ll know it’s time to say goodbye to your old roof:

How Much Damage Is Too Much?

tornado damage on the house

As mentioned above, your current roof may get to a point where continuing repairs won’t make much of a difference. This can happen due to regular aging and wear and tear or from continuing damage that isn’t repaired properly. 

For starters, it’s necessary to have your roof inspected at least once per year and after major storms to check for:

When neglected, all of the above can lead to:

If you begin to notice the above signs of roof damage or find that you need to schedule frequent, costly repairs, it’s likely that your roofing system is nearing its end. An aging roof that has seen significant damage will only continue to see more damage, leading you to spend more money than it’s worth on repairs. 

How Is Your Roofing Holding Up?

If you can’t remember the last time you had your roof inspected by a professional, you’ll want to take the time to schedule an inspection as soon as possible. 

First American Roofing & Siding can offer you detailed roof inspections and a free estimate for a new roof. Get in touch with us today to schedule your next roof inspection so we can guide you through the next steps to keep your home and everything in it safe and sound.