Most Common Roofing FAQs

What is the expected lifespan of my roof? Shingle tile roofs should last between 25 and 35 years if properly installed and maintained. If you’ve recently purchased a home and don’t know when the roof was built, we recommend getting a roof inspection to determine the remaining useful life of your roof. This will assist you in both better maintaining the roof to maximize its longevity and beginning to budget for a new roof if you anticipate needing one while owning the home.

Is it possible to extend the life of my roof? All roofing materials will deteriorate and erode over time, especially in the harsh sun and weather conditions of Venice. However, with proper maintenance, you can significantly extend the life of your roof. Most homeowners make the mistake of ignoring minor repairs that are required. A missing shingle is easy to replace, but ignoring it may allow water to seep in, debris to accumulate and pry other shingles loose, or damage to the underlayment. Taking care of minor issues can keep larger issues at bay for decades.

Do tile roofs outperform steel roofs? This really comes down to personal preference and, in some cases, While tile roofing has traditionally been more durable, newer shingle products have proven to be nearly as durable and, in many cases, easier to repair. Because tile and steel roofs differ in price, weight, longevity, and care requirements, we strongly advise you to consult with a licensed Venice roofing contractor to determine which is best for you. Still, a good asphalt shingle roof should last for at least 25 years.

What is the best thing I can do to extend the life of my roof? A homeowner can benefit greatly from periodic visual self-inspection and annual professional roof inspections. As previously stated, if a minor issue is not addressed, it can grow into a major one. Regular inspections enable you to make minor repairs before they turn into larger projects and before a minor leak turns into a major leak or a mold problem.

How can I tell if my roof is leaking? There are several ways to detect water intrusion if you do not notice any damage to your roof before it becomes a leak. If possible, go up to the attic and inspect the wood framing for moisture signs such as dark spots or rot. Check the insulation to see if it is matted, damp, or eroding. All of these symptoms could indicate a roof leak. You can also walk through your home during and after heavy rainstorms and inspect the ceilings and walls for signs of staining, bulging, or drips. If you notice any of these, seek professional help right away.

Should I replace my roof before selling my house? If your roof has reached the end of its useful life, replacing it will almost certainly make it easier to sell. Home buyers may be unable to obtain a mortgage on a home with an expired roof, and the cost of replacing the roof may deter them. If you are aware of the problem but cannot afford to replace the roof without first selling the house, talk to your agent about ways to incorporate the cost of the roof into the sale of the house.

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