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How Often Should You Replace Your Property’s Roof?

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An investor’s duty includes keeping their rental property in prime condition, starting with the roof in the case of single-family homes. Even the best roofs will eventually need reshingling, despite lasting for many years.

When should you consider reshingling your rental property’s roof? To respond to this, start by collecting key information like the roof’s age, condition, and the materials used.

Understanding Roof Lifespan

The maintenance of a roof, including periodic reshingling, is essential for sustaining its longevity and structural integrity within property management. Knowing both the factors that affect the lifespan of a roof and the signs that signal the need for reshingling is critical for preventative maintenance.

A roof’s durability is influenced by factors like the materials used, the area’s climate, maintenance standards, and the roof’s age. Routine inspections are useful for spotting wear and tear signs—leaks, curling shingles, or granule loss—signaling that reshingling might be required.

Determining Frequency of Reshingling

Since most shingles last around 20 years, an older roof likely necessitates planning for replacement. Regular inspections are crucial to monitor your roof’s condition, even if it isn’t particularly old. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, it’s best to inspect your roof twice a year. Inspections can be conducted personally, or you can employ a professional to handle them.

You can anticipate the replacement costs based on the type of shingles on your roof. While composition shingles usually last up to 20 years, asphalt shingles may last as long as 30 years. Falling in the mid-range, wood shingles usually have a lifespan of 20 to 25 years. Small repairs may delay the need, but eventually, your roof will require complete reshingling.

Harsh climates involving bitter winters, robust winds, and persistent humidity can increase roof wear, thus reducing shingle durability. Properties in storm-prone or extreme weather areas might require more frequent roof inspections to maintain structural integrity.

Signs a Roof Might Need Reshingling

During roof inspections, either you or your contractor should be vigilant for common failure signs. Noticing curled, buckled, or missing shingles can indicate that it’s time for a roof replacement. The more alarming signs of a deteriorating roof are sagging, holes, and water damage. It is advisable to also look for wood rot and mold, which can damage more than the shingles. With regular inspections, small problems can be detected and addressed early.

Implementing Preventative Maintenance

Regular roof checks and maintenance are necessary to identify and handle small problems before they turn into bigger ones.

By swiftly addressing minor concerns, like damaged shingles and leaks, you can avoid water damage and protect the building’s structure. It is crucial to remove debris and maintain gutters to stop water buildup and extend the roof’s lifespan.

Active roof maintenance is an investment that protects your property and increases its appeal and value to prospective tenants.

The roof plays a crucial role in protecting your rental property, your tenants, and their possessions. A proactive approach to roof maintenance is essential, rather than waiting for issues to occur. With proactive maintenance, you’ll know when it’s time to replace the shingles without having to guess.

Real Property Management First Class takes care of both scheduling maintenance and coordinating these efforts for our clients’ properties. Contact us or call 210-444-2070 to see how we can make your life easier with our expert property management services in San Antonio and nearby.

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