Most shingle roofs are supposed to last 25 to 30 years. In Oklahoma, however, that life span can be dramatically shorter.
Some climates allow roofs to last for a long time, but in an area as prone to extremes of temperature and bad weather as the Great Plains, things are a little different. You may have to replace your roof early—sometimes quite a bit earlier than you anticipated.
But do you know how to tell? What sort of events can necessitate a roof replacement, or at the very least having someone come out to make a damage assessment?
Here are some of the times it might be a good idea to call a roofer for an assessment.
Hailstorm: When a big storm sweeps through with large hail, the hailstones cause damage that might not be immediately apparent. Hailstones knock the granules off your shingles, which exposes them to UV light and other factors that can affect their structural integrity. In a very bad hailstorm, shingles can even be fractured and broken. Any time a bad hailstorm sweeps through, you should get your roof checked. About three quarters of the roofs we replace come from hail damage.
Wind: High winds can take shingles off the roof as well. Take a look at your roof. If you see shingles on the ground after a day of high wind, don’t assume they’re from your neighbor (you laugh—it happens). Missing shingles mean your roof isn’t waterproof any more.
Organic shingles: Several years ago, “organic” shingles were used on some houses. However, the design was flawed, and because of the wood used in the design they start to shrink. That causes them to curl and cup. They’re not repairable and not replaceable by the same shingles since they’re not made any more. If you have these shingles on your roof, you need to have them replaced.
Tree limbs and other object-related damage: If a tree or other object comes crashing into your house, it will probably mean replacement of at least part of your roof, even if the decking isn’t damaged.
Home inspection: A home inspection commonly reveals old roof damage that a homeowner didn’t know about. If you’re selling a house, get an inspection early so you know if you have to pay roof replacement costs.
Fire: If your OWN house catches on fire, you probably have bigger problems than your roof. But if your neighbor’s house catches on fire, depending on how close your own house is, you may have heat damage to your shingles. Get a roofer to check for you.
If you have a roof that’s taken damage, call a contractor—preferably a licensed contractor. It’s also worth checking the Better Business Bureau to see what kind of rating they have. Here at Village, we do a free inspection so people don’t turn in a “zero dollar claim”. Those are a hit on your credit bureau or your insurance. The number of claims you have impacts your insurance premium. Some of that can be unavoidable. But in the worst case of too many claims, you can even lose coverage.
If you think your roof might need assessment or replacement, feel free to reach out to us and we’ll come take a look.