A new roof is something that we all need to purchase at some point, but for a variety of reasons, keep putting it off.  This could end up being mostly harmless (diminishing curb appeal) or catastrophic (giant leaks damaging the inside of your home).  Whatever your reason may be, these useful tips will keep you in the know.

How long will my roof last?

Typically, a roof will last 20 years, but that number will vary depending on the climate and the type of roof you have.  The more extreme weather your roof has to face, the less time it will last. Beating sun, driving rain, or constant snow can take a toll on the shingles and open your roof up to gaps and, eventually, leaks.  Your standard asphalt or cedar shake roof has a lifespan of 10-20 years, so you’ll want to give it a serious check up at the 15-year mark. If your roof is metal or composite, you can expect it to last for 30-50 years.  Finally, the longest lasting roof is made of clay, concrete or slate and can live for 50-100 years.

What are some tell-tale signs I need to replace my roof?

From the inside, you can spot some pretty obvious signs of aging.  If you can see daylight, streaks or stains, and sagging areas in the attic, it’s definitely time to replace your roof.  These are signals that the current protection is failing and the rest of the home will suffer some fairly serious damage if left unattended.

From the outside, look for decaying or rotting shingles.  When damaged, they will tear away from the roof leaving your home unprotected. You can also look for pieces of the shingles in the gutters when you have them cleaned.  This will let you know if your shingles are becoming ineffective. While you have the professional on the roof cleaning out the gutters, ask him or her to report back on the state of the chimney and roof flashing as well as any valleys you might have.  Be careful with any area of your roof that has a joint since these areas are more prone to damage. Flashing can tear away during storms and valleys need to be kept securely sealed.

Whether you’re sure you need a new roof, or just want a to review the current state of affairs, reach out to the trusted roofing professionals at George J. Keller & Sons.  They will take the time to inspect your roof and offer you the best option for your home and budget. Regardless, don’t wait too long to reach out – an aging roof can bring misfortune, but a failing one will cost a fortune.  Visit George J. Keller & Sons online at gjkeller.com or call them today at 973-927-0963 to set up an appointment.