5 Most Commonly Asked Roofing Questions

Roofs are easy to forget about when caring for your home, but they have an important job and can get damaged easily! Doing your research to understand the maintenance needed for your roof and what to do if there are any issues can be very beneficial. Take a look at these most frequently asked questions about roofing.

How can I tell if my roof needs to be replaced?

Typically, roofs, especially asphalt roofs, should be replaced at least every 25 years. By this time, shingles can curl or fall off, mold can grow, and leaks and cracks can develop, leading to more costly damage to your home. If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to speak with a local roofing contractor about repairs or a complete roof replacement.  

If there’s a leak in my roof, do I need a whole new roof?

It depends on what has caused the leak. Older roofs that are leaking because of severe wear and tear and damage will need to be replaced soon. If the leak is due to an issue with the chimney, or a missing or damaged shingle, repairs can be done. Your roofing contractor can help determine the severity of the leak and damage and recommend the best course of action.

What is the best type of roof?

Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer to this question. The best roof for your home is the one that suits your needs, budget, and house the best. Every roofing type such as asphalt shingles, metal, tiles, cedar, slate, and more all have their positives and negatives. When considering which roof type to install for your home, be sure to think about the budget you have available, beauty and curb appeal, durability, weather resistance, longevity.

Why are the shingles discolored?

If you notice your shingles are changing color, there is likely algae, fungus, or mold growing. This growth occurs when the weather is very humid. It’s essential to have a roofing contractor come and clean the issue and determine if more serious damage is a problem that will persist the algae, mold, or fungus growth.

How long do roofs last?

On average, asphalt roofs last up to 30 years, metal roofs last up to 70 years, and cedar roofs can last up to 50 years. With any roof, proper maintenance and routine inspections can help extend the lifespan of your span. When it does come time to get a roof replacement, being proactive is key to ensuring a quick, easy, and successful new installation.

Call us for an inspection today

If you’re looking to have your roof fixed or redone or your gutters replaced or cleaned, we’ve got you covered! The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing, and gutter systems both look great and are functioning properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 to learn more.