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How Often Should I Reshingle The Roof?

General Contractor Installing New Roof on Davidson RentalAs an investor in Davidson, you must strive to keep your rental property in good shape. For single-family rental homes, the first step starts with the roof. A good quality roof can serve you for years, but eventually, your roof would need to be reshingled. But do you wonder how many times you should reshingle your rental property’s roof? That would greatly depend on the age, condition, and type of materials used of your current roof.

Often, the most ignored part of the house is the roof. This is because roofs are low maintenance that they can easily be forgotten. The decision to reshingle your rental property’s roof would depend on how old your roof is and its condition. Most shingles typically last for 20 years, so if your roof is older than that, it is best to plan for a replacement. Regular inspections should be made even if your roof is not that old so that you are constantly aware of the condition of your roof. Experts at the National Roofing Contractors Association recommend inspections twice a year. You have the option to do the inspection yourself or hire a qualified professional.

Upon inspection, you and your contractor must be observant to see the common warning signs of your roof starting to fail. If you see areas where shingles are curled, buckled, or missing altogether, it could signal the need for a replacement. More serious signs of a failing roof include sagging, holes, or water damage. As prevention for further damage, check for wood rot and mold as this can harm more than just the shingles. When inspections are done frequently, small problems are identified and addressed early.

While making small repairs will help to extend the life of your Davidson property’s roof, the time will eventually come when the entire roof should be reshingled. Determine the types of shingles you have in your property so that you can determine the cost of replacement ahead of time. Composition shingles generally last about 12 to 20 years, while asphalt shingles typically last 15 to 30 years. Wood shingles classified in the middle range have 20 to 25 years of length of service.

But if you factor in the climate, these estimates may be different. Extreme winters, high winds, or near-constant humidity increases the rate of wear on a roof, which in turn reduces the life of your shingles. If your property is located in an area where storms and extreme weather are constant, then you need to inspect your roof more often to make sure that it is structurally sound.

Your Davidson rental property’s roof is an essential part of protecting your investment and your tenant, not to mention your tenant’s possessions. The best time to solve a problem is before it happens. Take a proactive approach to proper roof maintenance. That way before things do go wrong, you won’t have to question yourself when to replace the shingles. At Real Property Management Value, we manage maintenance schedules and coordinate maintenance efforts for our clients’ properties on their behalf. Contact us today to see how we can make your life easier with our expert property management services.

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