When do you need a Roof replacement?

The never ending question we get from homeowners is when should I get my roof replaced? Should I just have a roofer come out and check the roof once every year? Is there a company that offers roofing maintenance that can simply let me know that my roof has a year, 5 years, or more than 10 years left in it’s life?

The answer to those questions can change every year, according to the weather. Especially in Colorado, there is way too much variation with the weather to know what’s going to happen this year vs. next year. Here at LSS-MN2, we can’t help but guess that this winter will be completely different than the winter of 2014. Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 11th (just in time for Veteran’s day), but that snow could be melted off roofs, and roofing companies could have a green light to be back up and working on the top of your homes by Thursday morning, weather permitting. Most of the roofing companies in CO are hoping for a little break because this year was so crazy with work, thanks to all the late spring storms that took place in April, May, and June.

Depending on what type of shingles you have, you could need a roof replacement within 10 years of its installation. With all of the new roofing technology out there, most shingles, including asphalt, wood, metal, slate and tile, you could have anywhere from a 10-50 year wait for your roof replacement. Metal, slate, and tile last longer than wood and asphalt, but are much more expensive, and you can expect to pay at least two times what you would pay for a typical asphalt or wood shingle if you go with metal, slate, or tile.

Here are a few pictures of the different types of roofing shingles:

asphalt shingles

metal shinglestile shingles








Wood shingles

slate shingles









Also, each homeowner should be very careful and research companies before deciding which company you are going to hire to do your roofing work. Asking the tough questions ahead of time, and getting at least 2 bids on your roof will give you some insight into what roofing companies are good in your area. If you are unsure of which companies are good, always look for reviews on google or yelp and read what other consumers are saying. For the most part, if you find 4 to 5 star reviews for a company, and there are more than ten reviews, you have found a very reputable company. Still, after each bid, ask how long each roofing company will take to install your roof, the average life of your roof, and if they offer a warranty on their work.

We have worked with a company called Advanced Roofing Technologies up in Fort Collins in the past, and we could tell that they were a legitimate company when we watched them scale 12 roofs in one day after a hail storm, and they found that only 3 of those roofs needed a replacement. Most roofing companies that are out there would try to tell each potential customer that their roof needs to be replaced even when it didn’t. Each consumer is better off reaching out to companies like this. There are many other companies in the roofing industry that are honest, but they generally are few and far between.

Does your roof need a replacement? If you don’t know the answer to that question, reach out to a few experts in your area and inquire. Not knowing whether you need a new roof can lead to severe problems in your home. Don’t be the person that doesn’t get your roof checked if you are unsure!


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