A roof could last anywhere from 20 to 50 years, depending on several factors. When a roof reaches the end of its lifespan, homeowners should replace it. Otherwise, the roof could suffer from maintenance issues.
Several factors could lead to roof leaks, including loose shingles and missing nails. A roof’s advanced age might result in leaks since an old roof might suffer from imperfections and wear, making it unable to keep water out. Sometimes, roof leaks become obvious by water marks on ceilings and walls. However, there could be instances where the leaks become unnoticeable until things worsen, resulting in structural damage.
Water from a leaky roof could cause serious structural problems when the roof’s beams rot. The rotted wooden frame and beams could become too weak to support the roof’s weight, creating the risk of a collapsed roof. Also, mold could grow and spread because of the moisture.
When homeowners replace a roof before it ages out, they could avoid costs associated with damage from an old roof and its leaks. If structural damage and other issues arise from problems with an old roof, significant repairs could be necessary. So, the entire process of replacing the old roof becomes more extensive and costly.
Energy Waste and Higher Bills
Modern roofs are more energy efficient than ones from generations past. Energy-efficient roofs may curtail waste, which keeps energy bills lower. When the roof is not energy efficient, the impact on monthly utility bills could result in money wasted.
If now is the time for a new roof or roof repairs, the team at Maryland Roofing Company could lend assistance. Our company has been handling roofing work for more than 40 years. When calling to schedule an estimate, please ask about metal, shingle, and build-up materials. Contact us at your earliest convenience.