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How Often Should You Replace Your Property’s Roof?

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Investors must prioritize maintaining their rental properties, particularly the roofs of single-family homes. Although a high-quality roof lasts many years, it will require reshingling at some point.

What is the recommended frequency for reshingling the roof of your rental property? Addressing this question requires first gathering important data about the roof, including its age, condition, and the materials used.

Understanding Roof Lifespan

Maintaining the roof is vital for property management, particularly reshingling, which preserves the roof’s longevity and structural integrity. Understanding the elements that determine roof life and the indicators for reshingling are fundamental for proactive maintenance.

Several elements affect how long a roof lasts, such as the roofing material, local climate, maintenance quality, and the roof’s age. Regular roof checks can reveal wear and tear indicators like leaks, curling shingles, and granule loss, which can signal the need for reshingling.

Determining Frequency of Reshingling

Shingles usually last 20 years, so if your roof is older, it might be time to plan for a new one. Conducting regular inspections is key to maintaining your roof in good condition, no matter its age. Roofing experts at the National Roofing Contractors Association recommend inspecting your roof twice each year. Either conduct the inspections yourself or consider hiring a qualified professional to do them.

Planning for replacement costs can be done in advance, depending on the shingle type your roof has. Composition shingles have a lifespan of 12 to 20 years, whereas asphalt shingles can last from 15 to 30 years. Wood shingles generally endure for about 20 to 25 years, placing them in the mid-range category. Small repairs can extend your roof’s life, but a full reshingling will eventually be required.

Severe winter conditions, intense winds, and high humidity can hasten roof degradation, greatly diminishing shingle lifespan. More regular roof inspections are recommended for properties in storm-hit or extreme weather regions to ensure structural stability.

Signs a Roof Might Need Reshingling

Whether conducted by you or a contractor, the inspection should focus on detecting common signs of roof failure. Seeing curled, buckled, or absent shingles typically suggests the roof needs replacing. Signs like sagging, holes, or water damage indicate more serious roof failure. Checking for wood rot and mold is wise, as they can extend damage beyond the shingles. Regularly inspecting your roof helps in catching small problems early on.

Implementing Preventative Maintenance

Conducting regular roof inspections and maintenance is crucial for spotting and fixing minor problems before they worsen.

Swift action on minor repairs, such as changing damaged shingles and sealing leaks, can avert water infiltration and structural harm. It is crucial to remove debris and maintain gutters to stop water buildup and extend the roof’s lifespan.

Taking proactive steps in roof maintenance enhances the property’s value and attractiveness to potential tenants, protecting your investment.

The roof of your rental property is vital in safeguarding your investment, your tenants, and their belongings. It is better to proactively maintain the roof rather than waiting for issues to arise. Engaging in proactive maintenance means you won’t have to question when it’s time to replace the shingles; you’ll know outright.

At Real Property Management Generations, we handle the scheduling and coordination of maintenance for our clients’ properties. Contact us or call 310-907-5646 to see how we can make your life easier with our expert property management services in Beverly Hills and nearby.

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