Keeping track of your roof’s age will help you prepare and save for roof replacement. This information also benefits your roofing contractor as it allows them to assess your roof more accurately. When installed and maintained properly, high-quality asphalt shingles typically last for 20 to 30 years.
Today, we talk about why it is important to learn your roof’s age and history. We also share tips on determining the age of your roof.
Why You Should Know Your Roof’s Age
Determining what your roof requires necessitates a thorough roofing assessment. But knowing the age of your roof can give your roofer a quick idea of what to expect and look out for during the roof inspection. Your roof’s age also informs how they will approach certain roofing issues. It will help them make proper recommendations with regard to repairs or replacement. That said, if your roof is nearing the end of its service life, you should start planning for its replacement.
Figuring Out Your Roof’s Age
Here are ways to determine the age of your roofing:
- Consult With the Previous Owners
You should not break off all contact with the previous owners once you have moved into your home. Most homeowners are happy to answer any questions regarding the property’s condition, including when the roof was installed or replaced. If the previous owners have lived in the house for a long time, there’s a good chance they remember when the current roof was constructed.
- Check Your Building or House Permit
Check if your county requires a permit for roof replacements. If it does, you can get a copy of the permit from the county administration. This document will have the date when the roof was installed. It is one of the most accurate sources of information that you can find.
- Request a Copy of the Roof’s Receipt
The previous owners may remember the contractor that installed the roof, so you can check with the roofing company instead. Call them up and request a copy of the roof’s receipt. Roofing businesses usually keep detailed records of all the work they do.
- Hire a Professional to Inspect Your Roof
If all else fails, you can hire a roof inspector to assess the condition of the roof and estimate its age. They may easily recognize the indicators of the roof’s age and provide you with a reliable assessment.
A1 Siding & Roofing is fully licensed, insured and qualified to take care of all of your roofing needs. Contact us if you notice any roofing problems as soon as possible. Call (603) 627-7339, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.