Age of the Roof
What is the age of the roof?
A simple question.... and the
simple answer is this- If
the asphalt shingle roof is more than
25 years old you should plan on replacing
Warning!!-- Rules of thumb are useful however
the guideline for the Northeast Climate must be balanced with the physical
condition of the roofing material.
I once inspected a house that was 48 years old and the steep sloped roof
surface was covered with the original layer of roofing. The roof had about five
of remaining life. The roof shingles were fabricated from a
superior grade of material,
was properly installed with good attic area
ventilation, and the roof surface had a steep pitch.
the Roof Photo Gallery,
and the discussion below
for additional information.
Although this discussion is limited to asphalt shingles there are
of roofing materials that will be discussed. Some of the other materials
roll roofing, slate, wood shingles, metal roofing, and clay, asbestos,
composite, and concrete tiles.
Most homes have a sloping roof surface that are covered with asphalt
Briefly, asphalt shingles are constructed using either an organic
or a fiberglass base. Fiberglass (Fiberglass shingle) being the
Asphalt shingles are attractive
(available in various colors and styles),
(material warranties ranges from 20 to 40 years),
and comes in various fire
Is the roofing on your dream home inferior, average, or superior in quality?
When evaluating a roof, look for the physical condition
(tell-tale-signs) that will modify
the short answer of -If 25 years old, replace
Tell-tale-signs that the roof is worn:
- Numerous water stains on interior walls and
ceilings directly below the
- Excessive moisture or humidity and/or a damp odor in the attic area.
- A number of missing, broken, and/or torn shingles.
- The roof shingles are curling or buckling.
- The mineral shingle surface is worn, pitted, blistery, or missing in
- Surface cracks and/or a dry/brittle appearance.
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