Even if you have a well-built roofing system that keeps your home safe from the different kinds of weather, it has to stay in good condition to ensure its effectiveness. But even with proper inspections and maintenance, it can only stay in good condition throughout its lifespan. After a few decades, its performance will deteriorate and your home becomes more vulnerable to outdoor elements that can easily infiltrate and cause damage.
You’ll need to know when to get a proper roof repair or replacement to avoid unwanted damage to your home. This means determining its current age and condition.
Why You Should Determine Your Roof’s Age
When you learn about the age of your roofing system, you’ll be able to plan more thoroughly how to pay for repairs or a replacement. Knowing its age and renovation history also helps you decide whether or not repairs are still cost-effective and determine how long your current roof will still stay effective. But if your roof is already old and near the end of its serviceable lifespan, it may be better to invest in a full replacement. After all, tearing off old materials and installing a brand-new roof is often more cost-effective than having to pay for extensive repairs frequently!
How You Can Find out the Roof’s Age
To determine your roof’s age, you need a thorough inspection by a trusted professional. The same should also be done if you’re inspecting a pre-built home you’re keen on buying, although the previous owners should also have records of the roof’s renovation history. This can include receipts or invoices that indicate the date of when it was last inspected, maintained, and repaired. If the roof is still good for a few more years, then it isn’t necessary to get a full roof replacement anytime soon.
Another way to indicate the roofing system’s age is to call the contractor who installed and maintained it. Most roofing companies typically keep track of all the previous jobs they’ve worked on, so even if the records are accidentally misplaced, calling their roofer will shed light on the exact installation date. Most states also require building permits for roofing systems, which means they’ll state the date of its installation. If you want to check if the roof was built with a permit, you can ask for a copy at your local government office or municipality.
Whether you’re in need of roof repair or roof replacement, the experienced team at Home Pro Exteriors, Inc. is more than happy to provide our professional recommendation of the best solution for your roofing project. Call us at (845) 343-1777, or fill out our convenient contact form to schedule an in-home, no-obligation consultation. We serve Warwick, NY, and the rest of Orange County.