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When To Replace Your Colorado Roof — 6 Signs To Look For

There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to replacing a roof. Roofing material is often categorized by its expected lifespan, which gives the homeowner a general idea of how long their roof should last.

Asphalt shingle roofs are most common and are usually the default material in new constructions. They can last anywhere between 15 and 30 years. Other roofing materials, such as metal, tile, or slate, can last 50 years or more. However, roofing material isn’t the only factor in play – there are several other reasons why you may need to replace a roof.

Roof Damage

Roof damage is one of the most obvious signs that it’s time for a replacement. Some kinds of damage, like cracked beams, holes, fallen trees, and collapses, are easier to identify than others. These types of catastrophic damage are most common after storms, but they can also happen as a consequence of aging in older roofs. However, extreme weather can also cause damage that may be harder to see, like hail damage, punctures, or missing shingles.

While the best times of year to replace a roof are spring and fall, some damage can’t wait. We know Colorado winters can be harsh, and the snow and hail can exacerbate any existing damage. It’s best to check roofs regularly, so any damage can be repaired before it causes larger issues.

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Structural Damage

Roofs can be complex structures – the outer surfaces are often supported by underlying beams, struts, and braces that can become damaged over time. Minor structural damage, such as cracks in beams, are easy to miss at first. They may be caused by high winds or impacts, such as hail or fallen tree branches. Minor structural damage often grows worse over time and may eventually lead to sagging, dips, or even collapse. Organisms such as mold or the dreaded termite have also been known to eat away at roofing structures. By the time structural damage becomes apparent, it’s likely that major repairs – or even a total replacement – will be necessary.

Age of the Roof

Unfortunately, roofs don’t last forever. Age is one of the biggest factors in roof replacement – even if the roof isn’t showing any obvious damage, it’s better to replace a roof at the end of its lifespan instead of waiting for it to fail. The lifespan of a roof depends on the material; typical builder-grade asphalt shingle roofs can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, while metal or slate roofs can last more than 50 years.

Another age-related factor to consider is how long you’ll be living under the roof. We understand roofing is a big investment, so you’d want to get the most out of it – a 20-year-old roof might not be worth replacing if it’s well-kept and you don’t plan on living there much longer. Conversely, new roofs are a big selling point in the real estate market and can considerably raise the value of your home.

Roofing Material

The roofing material plays a big part in the longevity and durability of roofs. Some materials, like slate, stone, or composite, can last more than 50 years – some have lifespans of more than 100 years with the right maintenance. Other materials like wood, straw, and asphalt are not as long-lasting and will likely need to be replaced at some point. It’s important to understand the lifespan of your roof so you can better predict when it may need to be replaced.

Weather Conditions

Colorado can be a land of extremes – our winters can be cold and harsh, while our summer temperatures can soar. Temperatures can change on a dime, which may cause issues for your roof. Repeated freezing and thawing can accelerate normal wear and tear, while intense and extended UV exposure can cause materials to degrade. Single weather events – like hail storms, severe thunderstorms, and even tornadoes – can also be cause for a roof replacement, even if it’s well within the expected lifespan.

Ceiling Damage

No matter what roofing material you have, it’s important to keep an eye out for signs of damage – especially in the unpredictable Colorado Front Range. Most modern roofs are covered with some kind of water-repelling barrier laid under shingles or interlocking tiles. Shingles and tiles may become cracked, shifted, or may fall off over time which can compromise the barrier’s integrity, leading to internal damage.

Internal signs of roof damage can be easy to miss until it’s too late. They’re usually most apparent on the ceiling, where you may see large areas of discoloration – water spots. Moisture from a leaky roof can also cause ceilings to sag and, in extreme cases, even collapse. Any signs of ceiling damage should be evaluated by a professional as soon as possible because they’re usually signs of a much larger issue.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Average Age of a Roof Before Replacement?

One of the biggest determinants of a roof’s lifespan is the materials that it’s made out of. Most builder-grade roofs are made with asphalt shingles, which can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Other materials can last longer – metal roofs have an average lifespan of 50 years.

Ready to Replace Your Colorado Roof? Contact Scott’s Roofing Colorado!

If your home’s roof is damaged and needs replacing, Scott’s Roofing is here to help. Our team of experts knows what Colorado roofs need because we work and live here. We’re committed to providing high-quality, environmentally conscious roofs that our customers can feel good about. We offer several different colors, styles, and materials – everything from asphalt shingles to long-lasting synthetic tile – so you never have to sacrifice quality for style.

We service several areas across the state, including Denver, Boulder, Lafayette, Longmont, Lakewood, and more. Contact us today to learn more and feel confident about your roofing choices!

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