Your roof’s age helps determine how much work could lie ahead of you. It helps you and your roofer to decide whether to perform minor repairs or do a complete replacement. Here are some tips for finding out the exact age of your roof if you were not the one who had it installed.
- Ask the previous owner. If you bought your home recently, consider tracking down the previous owners and asking them the age of the roof. If they do not know for sure, it is probably safe to assume that it is nearing the end of its life, especially if the previous owners lived in the house for a long time and the roof is made with asphalt shingles.
- Check the building permit. Your building permit should contain details about any contracting work that has been done on your residence throughout its history. This includes the exact date of the most-recent roof installation.
- Find the roofing contractor. If you know the shingles manufacturer or if you can seek out the name of the company that installed the roof, you might be able to find out the year the work was done.
- Get an inspection. When all else fails, get a professional inspection. A reputable roofer or insurance adjuster can make a sound estimate of how old a roofing system is based on the materials used, its condition and local weather. If the inspector finds signs of serious damage — such as curling or missing shingles, excessive granule loss, widespread discoloration on ceilings and walls, persistent leaks across the roof or damaged flashing membranes — he may recommend that you invest in a new roof completely.
Let our experienced team at Dynamic Roofing Concepts, Inc. handle all your residential or commercial roofing needs. Schedule an appointment by calling (813) 657-7663 or filling out our online form.