When you first installed your new roof, you might have expected it to last for many years. It's true that a brand-new roof will typically last for a very long time. However, in some cases, homeowners find that they need to have their roofs replaced a lot sooner than they thought they would have to. These are a few signs that this might be the case for your home's roof, too.
You Didn't Choose a Durable Roofing Material
Some roofing materials are more durable than others. Metal roofing can last for many years, for example. On the other hand, although asphalt shingles do last for a while, they aren't as long-lasting as some other roofing materials. When you choose your replacement roofing materials, you may want to keep this in mind. Then, you can choose a roofing material that will last for a long time.
You Had Your Existing Roof Installed On Top of Your Old One
In some cases, people choose to have their roof re-roofed instead of having a complete roof replacement. Basically, this refers to installing new shingles on top of the existing shingles. This can be a budget-friendly and quick option, but the new roof that is installed on top of the old one typically won't last as long. Therefore, if you had re-roofing done last time, there's a good chance that you'll need to have your roof replaced sooner than you might have hoped. Also, be aware that re-roofing might not be an option a second time around, and a replacement might be the best solution.
Your Roof Wasn't Professionally Installed
If you installed your roof yourself, or if you had it done by someone who wasn't a professional roofer, then there is a chance that mistakes were done during installation. To help prevent this problem in the future, make sure that you have your new roof installed by a roofing professional.
Your Roof Hasn't Been Properly Maintained
Roof maintenance does have to be done in order to keep a roof in good condition. You have to keep your roof clean, keep your gutters clean and in good condition, and repair small issues as they pop up. If you haven't maintained your existing roof, then a new one might be needed sooner.
Your Area is Prone to Extreme Weather
Lastly, although it is true that a well-installed roof should be able to withstand the elements, the truth is that a roof that is regularly exposed to very high temperatures, serious windstorms, or other inclement weather, will have a shorter lifespan. When choosing your next roofing material, make sure that you choose a roof that will hold up well in your specific climate.
For more information about roof replacement, contact a local roofing service.