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When you should replace the roof on a rental property

Wondering when you should replace the roof on a rental property? How long should the roof on your rental property last before it is replaced? Most roofs will last up to 15 years, but the specific life of a roof depends on the roof material. Asphalt shingles last 15- 30 years, wood shingle roofs last 30-plus years, clay tile roofs last 50 years or more, metal roofs last up to 70 years and slate tile roofs can last over 100 years.

In addition to the roofing material, workmanship and weather play a huge role in how long the roof lasts. Poor roof installation will increase the probability of damage and ultimately lead to premature roof failure. While inclement weather like strong winds, heavy rain or snow, and extreme temperature, changes will increase the stress on the roof.

But by far the most important factor in the longevity of a rental property’s roof is maintenance. A roof that is maintained in a timely fashion will outlast a poorly maintained roof. With a home’s roof, warns Dawson Property Management. it is easy for small issues to escalate and become costly repairs if the property owner is not careful to pay attention.

What are the signs to look out for to know when your roof is nearing its replacement time?

The roof is sagging

When a roof sags, parts of the structure will take the shape of a saddle. Sagging occurs due to the roof giving way under the weight or pressure of snow, wind, and the roofing material itself. It could also be a result of the attic decking giving way or issues with a home’s foundations.

A sagging roof gets progressively worse with time. And frequently, it is not possible to reuse the roof shingles after the underlying cause of the problem has been addressed.

Persistent roof leaks

Every roof leaks once in a while. Most leaks, if caught early, can be fixed with minimal damage to the roof’s structures. But when a roof starts to leak frequently, it could be an indication of deeper issues.

There is a chance that the roofing material has been severely weakened. If this is the case, the cost and stress of incessantly fixing leaks can get to the point where it exceeds that of changing the entire roof.

Curling or buckling shingles

The roof is the part of a building that is most exposed to the brunt of the weather. Consequently, shingles can curl or buckle under the force of wind or heat from the sun. When this happens, the part of the roof under the shingle becomes exposed to water damage. But usually, this is an isolated problem.

However, when buckling and curling shingles become commonplace on the roof, it is a sign that the roof is failing. Swapping out individual shingles will not solve the problem, the whole roof needs to be replaced.

Massive moss or algae growth

Moss and algae growing on the roof is a huge problem. They undermine the integrity of the roofing material. Moss and algae only grow on surfaces where they have something to feed on. And in the case of roofs, the compounds that make up the roofing material is what moss and algae feed on.

Moss and algae, with the aid of water, break down the roofing material, making it brittle and weaken the binding that holds the roof granules in place. Additionally, these growths trap water on the roof surface and facilitate leaks. If moss and algae have taken hold on a roof, the chances that the material is damaged are high.

Damaged flashing

Flashing is essential to maintaining the overall health of the roof and protecting its internal structures. Flashing are the thin pieces of water-resistant materials that are installed around roof joints and valleys to keep water from penetrating these highly-vulnerable areas.

They are critical to keeping the roof in good condition, but over time they can get weak and start to peel away from the roof. When the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights become damaged, the internal structure of the roof can deteriorate very fast. Roof failure often begins as damage to the flashing.

Excessive shedding of granules

It is normal for roof shingles to shed granules. But when the roof rains granules and roof gutters are filled with them, it is a clear sign that a roof is failing and needs to be replaced. Roof granules create a protective barrier between the roof and the sun’s heat or the force of rain and wind. But when the roof shingles are stripped of their granules, they cannot perform this role well. The sun’s heat will penetrate the roof and into the home and the shingles will be more liable to crack.

If your roof is near or at the end of its life expectancy, then it’s time to replace the roof on your rental property. Depending on how well it has been maintained, a roof at the end of its useful life can still look good. But that is no proof that the roof is in good condition; it can fail suddenly. Contact Steele Restoration when you are ready to replace the roof on a rental property.

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Roof replacement or repair?

Is a roof replacement necessary? You may wonder if it’s time to replace your roof or if it just needs a repair. Most people can’t tell, from the ground what the actual condition of your roof may be. It’s important to contact a roofing professional to check out your roof.

A reliable roofing company will offer a free roof inspection. This saves you the danger of trying to climb on your roof, and also gives you a professional estimate. A good roofer will also work with you to help resolve your insurance claim, if you need to file one, and is willing to talk to the insurance claim representative to make sure your roofing claim is done correctly.

Wondering how long it takes to replace your roof? A roof replacement can take longer depending on the size of your roof. This is one of the questions you want to ask your local roofing company when they come to do the inspection.  A professional roofing company can give you a very good estimate of how long it will take to do a roof replacement, or if you roof just needs repair. They will show up for the roofing job, when promised, and will keep to the schedule.

Sometimes weather may change the schedule slightly, but a professional and reliable roofing company will not take much longer than their time estimate. They will get the job done professionally, efficiently, and in a timely manner.  Every property is different, so the process for roof replacement can vary. However, here are some common factors that can affect how long it takes to complete your new roof.

Charlotte’s #1 roofers explain roofing

Replacing a roof could take a few days to a week, depending on if it is a home or a larger commercial shingle roof. There are various methods for roof replacement. Hiring a licensed contractor gives you the confidence that the roofing company will choose the best methods and best products.

The shape of your roof will affect the length of time to completion. Once your roof replacement is underway, your roofers may find rotting timbers or other areas that require additional attention. If moisture is inside, then replacing these might add more time to the roofing project.

Roof replacement with top Charlotte NC Roofer

When you want roof replacement on a commercial or residential shingle roof done quickly and expertly, choose a local roofing company with an excellent reputation. Southern Star Roofing offers free roof inspections- just give them a call.

Steele Restoration is a fully licensed and insured Charlotte NC based general contractor and roofing company specializing in roofing, siding, and storm damage restoration for single-family homes, multi-family complexes, and commercial and industrial sites. We service Charlotte and surrounding areas including Rock Hill, Lake Norman, Steele Creek, Matthews, Ballantyne, and Blakeney.