Where does space begin? Even after more than 60 years of space exploration, nobody can say precisely where space starts, because we have no natural border between our atmosphere and outer space. This is the same situation with roof replacement: nobody can say with certainty when your roof will need replacing.
Your current roof is not likely to just vanish into thin air one morning. But it is slowly disappearing. All of the materials in your roof — asphalt, metal, granular stone, colorants, chemicals — rust, corrode, dissolve, or evaporate over the years.
For some Indiana homeowners, the slow destruction may take 30 years; for others, it may happen in 10 years. Why the difference? Local issues affect roofs:
- Overhanging trees
- Slope of the roof
- Quality of the materials
- Wind direction and exposure
- Quality of the installation
- Type of roofing material (shingle, tile, shake, metal)
Roofs exist to protect, literally, everything you own and hold dear. Your pets, family, furnishings, artwork, sentimental items: they all huddle under a roof subjected to brutal conditions.
Indiana’s heat and cold and rain and wind and ice and snow exact a terrible toll on any roof. The occasional tornado may terrify us for a moment, but the sustained wear and tear on our roofs from everyday weather should give us more concern.
When should we replace our Indiana homes’ roofs? Replace them as needed. For two homeowners on the same block, this could mean every 15 years for one, and every 25 years for another.
Who can tell when your roof needs replacing? Your local, trustworthy roofer. How is your neighborhood roofer to know? Invite your roofer to make annual inspection and repair visits. Every roof needs maintenance, and an annual check-up is a great way for your roofer to track your roof’s decline.
No homeowner should venture onto a residential roof for three reasons: broken bones, broken roofs, and broken budgets. A fall from a slippery roof is too high a price to pay just to check your roof’s health.
Leave inspection and minor repairs to a dependable roofer, properly equipped with safety gear and training. Then, listen to your roofer’s advice on the right time to replace your Indianapolis home’s roof.
Contact us at Moss Roofing to get started on proper roof maintenance. We can help you plan for eventual replacement, or address an urgent need now.