Even though most shingle roofing is designed to last on average around 20 years, this is not always the case. There are several factors that will determine how long the roof on your home will actually last.
One of the most important factors is how often you inspection the roof. According to the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), homeowners should inspect their roofs at least twice a year – once in the spring and again in the fall.1
In addition, the NRCA recommends homeowners perform an inspection after windstorms, thunder storms, excessive rain storms, and heavy snow storms where large amounts of snow accumulated on the roof. Each of these types of weather events could potentially causes damages to the roof and roofing system, which could shorten its overall life expectancy.
When performing an inspection of your roof, make sure to look for the following signs that often indicate you need a new roof:
If you notice any of these things, you will want to have your roof repaired by a professional roofer. If the problem is isolated to a small area, repairs might all you need for now. However, if these problems are affecting a larger, getting a new roof installed might be more effective in the long term
Another factor you need to be aware of are the risks associated with termites. Termites have become a major concern for homeowners all throughout the Greater Toronto Area. According to Global News and statistical data, termites are causing an estimated $120 million in property damages annually in the GTA alone.2
With many GTA homes built primarily of wood, including the structures under the roofing system, which can be damaged, weakened and destroyed by termites. As a result, the roof could require replacement sooner than expected.
Furthermore, who installed your current roof can affect how long it will last. Even if you selected the highest quality roofing shingles, but choose an inexperienced installer or did the work yourself, it will cause the roofing system to fail faster. Installing a new roof requires understanding how to correctly install it so that it will last a long time.
This is why roof installation should always be left to a professional and experienced roofing installer. When selecting an installer, take the time to ask for references and verify how long they have been in business. You should also choose a local roofer as they are vested in the community and building relationships with each of their customers.
If you have noticed damages to your roof or you know it should be replaced, please feel free to contact Logik Roofing to request a free roofing estimate by calling (905) 424-7469 today! We are also part of the Green Ontario Program, which features rebates for homeowners, who make improvements to their basement and attic insulation.