“How old is your roof?” Many homeowners fail to provide an answer the moment they’re asked this question. However, roofers, especially those who are about to conduct an inspection, will most likely ask you about it. This can help them determine if you need roof repair or replacement. Here’s why this piece of information matters. We’ll also share two ways on how you can figure out your roof’s age.
Why You Should Know Your Roof’s Age
As already mentioned, knowing your roof’s age helps your contractor provide the right recommendation following an inspection. While the roofers can do the inspection themselves to determine what your roof needs, it still helps to let them know about its age so they have a better understanding of what needs to be done.
Knowing your roof’s age also allows you to keep track of your roof’s durability and weather performance. For example, the average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is 15 to 20 years. When your roof is nearing this age, it’s time to consider a roof replacement. When your roof is near or past the average age, expect that the materials are showing signs of deterioration, which means they’re less effective at protecting your home against the elements. When exposed to harsh weather conditions further, your old roof may start to fall apart.
How You Can Figure out Your Roof’s Age
Checking any existing records of your roof helps you determine its exact age. You most likely have a receipt, invoice or any form of documentation from the time you had your roof replacement. If you don’t, ask your contractor to provide you a copy of the receipt or invoice, complete with the date the project was finished.
If you’re not the original homeowner or you don’t have any documentation left, then calling a local roofing contractor to inspect is your best bet. They will help you determine what your next steps can be and how many more years your roof still has.
As one of the top roofing contractors in the area, Neumann Construction is committed to providing only the best in roofing products and workmanship. We specialize in a wide range of roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, metal, cedar and rubber. Call us now at (218) 270-0009, or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve clients in and around Pequot Lakes, MN.