Many homeowners ask us this very question regularly. There is not one easy answer to that question because depending upon they type of roofing material, brand, and style, the answer varies from after 15 years to about 50 years. Of course, throw in a weather event or two, a neglectful homeowner, and the answer could be as little as 10 years.
Overall asphalt shingles have the shortest lifespan of any roofing material, but their life span can vary. The shingles with the shortest lifespan are the ones most commercial building companies used during the building boom of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. They are called 3-tab shingles. Even with proper maintenance, these shingles rarely last their advertised 20 year lifespan because of the Florida sun, strong winds, and heavy rains. On average, a roof replacement for a 3-tab shingle is between 12 – 15 years.
Architectural shingles are another style of asphalt shingles. They are heavier, more durable, and can last as long as 30 years. On average, Orlando roofers recommend replacing most architectural shingles after about 15 to 20 years. Of course, general maintenance, weather conditions, and other factors can influence their lifespan too.
Metal roofing and tile roofing both last longer. Depending upon the type of either, your roof may last as long as 50 years. Concrete tile roofing has one of the longest lifespans of any roofing type with metal roofing a close second. One of the reasons a roof may need to be replaced sooner is because of issues with the roof deck like water damage or dry rot. If you want your roof to last as long as possible, insist that your old roof is completely removed. That way your roof can repair any issues in your roof deck. Also make sure your Orlando roofing company installs quality synthetic underlayment.
How Do I Know I Need a Roof Replacement?
Remember, these are just guidelines. A good Orlando roofing company will tell you if you’re wasting your money with repairs and should instead choose a roof replacement. Some signs you need a new roof are:
- Curling and buckling shingles
- Missing shingles
- Visible granules after every rain in gutters
- Roof deck issues
- Age of roof
If you aren’t sure if you should consider a roof replacement or roof repair again, trust Russ to give you a fair and honest evaluation of your roof’s condition and an estimate of its remaining life if he recommends repair. Russ Noyes Roofing is the only licensed Orlando roofing company who offers the Overhead Care Club for all your ongoing roof maintenance needs. Call to schedule your no obligation evaluation of your roofing system today 407-388-7700.