Your roof is probably the most taken-for-granted part of your home as many people quite literally never think of it once they have it put in place during construction. That is, of course, until the unthinkable actually happens and your roof starts to struggle to keep up with the harsh conditions it faces every year with minimal maintenance. With all that in mind, you need to ask yourself if it's time for a new roof. There are several factors that can come into this, so here is a brief look at when you should seriously consider upgrading your home's roof before it is too late.
Was Budget A Driving Factor Initially?
Asphalt tiles are the cheapest and the ones that expire the earliest. If, when building your house, you chose them because they were the cheapest, then it might be time to upgrade to a more premium material that will last the rest of your life. The good thing about several alternatives to asphalt tiles is that they look quite similar (albeit a little bit cleaner and more attractive to guests) but are several times more robust in their strength against the elements. If you like the sound of that and only want to go through one new roof then consider clay or slate tiles.
Have There Been Any Significant Weather Events?
While you might get an estimate for how long a roof should last, these often do not include freak weather events such as large hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, or dust storms. Those types of events will likely decrease the length of time your roof should conceivably last by quite a lot, and if you haven't had your roof inspected since then you absolutely should to ensure there are no long-lasting problems. A new roof just provides peace of mind that these conditions will not cause your current roof to cave in unexpectedly.
Have You Changed The Facade?
If you have upgraded the outside of your home, either with a new shade of paint or perhaps with some new paneling, then your current roof probably does not match it as well as you would have hoped. A new roof can be custom fitted to the rest of the artistic pattern you are trying to create so that it is a cohesive look that you look forward to seeing when you get home from work each day. Often, it is only after you upgrade the facade that you realize how much a role the roof plays in the overall look of your home, but it is not too late to upgrade it as well!