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Figuring out how old your roof is can be an important part of home maintenance. It will help you determine when to plan for a replacement, as well as keep an eye on potential problems before they become too costly to fix.
In order to find out the age of your roof, one of the simplest ways is to look at the records. Check with previous owners who may have replaced or installed a new roof since it was originally built and see if there are any documents related to this work. Additionally, if your home has been remodeled recently, that could give you an indication of how old the roof currently is.
You can also check for visible signs of wear and tear such as missing or damaged shingles, cracked or broken tiles, or rust spots in metal roofs. These are signs that the roof may be aging and getting close to needing a replacement.
Other factors to consider include the climate you live in, as well as the material your roof is made of. If you live in an area with extreme heat or cold temperatures and your roof is made of asphalt shingles, it will likely need to be replaced sooner than if you lived in more temperate climates and had a tile roof.
In general, most asphalt shingle roofs last between 15-20 years before needing to be replaced, tile roofs can last 25-35 years, while metal roofs can last up to 40 years depending on the environment they’re exposed to. It’s important to inspect your roof regularly and watch for signs of wear-and-tear such as missing or cracked shingles, curled edges on the shingles, moss/algae growth, or leaking. If any of these issues are present, it’s likely time to replace your roof.
For more information about how old a roof might be and when it needs to be replaced, contact a professional roofer in your area who can provide an assessment and advice. They will have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide you with an accurate estimate of how much longer your roof may last before needing a replacement.