While today’s shingles will likely last 30 years or longer, older shingles typically last 12-20 years. So,
unless you notice leaking or other visible concerns prior to year 12, you will want to have the roof
inspected at around the 12-year mark. The shingles’ initial quality, amount of direct sunlight, how well
the roof was installed and maintained, along with the adequacy of the ventilation are the major
determining factors of the life expectancy.
Here are some warning signs to look for during that 12-year inspection:
- Curling shingles
- Loss of granules (looks like discoloration or bald spots)
- Missing shingles
- Cracked shingles
- Creased or lifted shingles (wind damage)
- Broken, pitted or otherwise damaged shingles
- Rusted or missing flashing (exposed metal)
- Dented, cracked or otherwise damaged vents
We provide FREE roof inspections! Feel free to give us a call or fill out our CONTACT FORM, and we will be happy to assess the condition of your current roof system. At this inspection, we will project the remaining life expectancy. We will also determine if there are any repairs that are urgently needed, short of the entire roof needing to be replaced. That said, if your shingles are old and worn out, it’s economically beneficial to replace the entire roof.