When you need to have your roof fixed by a contractor, you’ll have to be prepared in answering their questions. Expect them to ask this in particular: “How old is your roof?” Knowing the exact figure is crucial not just for you but for the pros working on your roof.
Why It Pays to Know Your Roof’s Age
Knowing the age of your roof allows your roofing contractor to determine the next steps for your roof, be it to proceed with repairs or pursue a complete replacement. The pros will have to perform a complete inspection to determine what your roof needs. Still, letting them know about its age gives them a clear idea of what to look for before making the final decision.
It also helps to know your roof’s age because it allows you to keep track of its overall condition. An asphalt shingle roof, for instance, has an average life expectancy of around 25 to 30 years. If yours has reached about three-fourths of its lifespan, you’ll know you need to plan for an upcoming roof replacement. Otherwise, you’ll be better off hiring your local roofing company for routine repairs and maintenance.
How to Know Your Roof’s Age
Checking your records is one of the easiest ways to learn about your roof’s age. If you’ve had it replaced previously, you can always refer to your copy of the receipt or invoice from the contractor who worked on it, which contains the date of completion.
If, however, you recently purchased your residential property, the best source of information to turn to would be the previous owner. They may be able to inform you when it was replaced or repaired through their records. Otherwise, you can rely on your local roofer for an inspection. From there, they can figure out how much the roof has left in terms of its lifespan.
For your roofing needs, turn to ARCH Exteriors LLC. We are proud to be an Owens Corning® Platinum Preferred Contractor, which means we offer and install high-quality roofing products while adhering to the highest standards of workmanship and customer service. Count on us for your other exterior home improvements as well, including replacement windows installation and siding replacement. Call (877) 214-2831 or fill out our contact form to get a free estimate.