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How Often Should I Reshingle The Roof?

General Contractor Installing New Roof on Rolesville RentalAs an investor in Rolesville, do the best you can to keep your rental property in good shape. For single-family rental homes, the roof is the starting point. You can enjoy many years of service from a quality roof but just like any roof, it would need to be reshingled. But how many times a year should you reshingle your rental property’s roof? For an accurate answer to this question, first determine the age, condition, and type of material used for your current roof.

Among the different parts of the house, the roof is most often ignored. They are easily forgotten since they don’t need much maintenance. Your rental property’s roof should be reshingled depending on the condition or how old the roof is. Most shingles last for 20 years, so a roof older than that needs to be replaced. Your roof must be inspected regularly even if it is not that old so that you can keep track of the roof’s condition. Experts at the National Roofing Contractors Association recommend inspections twice a year. You can choose to do the inspections yourself or hire a qualified professional to do this for you.

During the inspection, you and your contractor must be keen to spot common warning signs of your roof starting to fail. If you see areas where shingles are curled, buckled, or missing altogether, that could signal the need for a replacement. More serious signs of a failing roof include sagging, holes, or water damage. Be sure to check for wood rot and mold as these could spread and damage more than just the shingles. If frequent inspections are done, you are more likely to catch small problems before they become big.

While making small repairs will help to extend the life of your Rolesville property’s roof, the time will eventually come when the entire roof should be reshingled. Identify the types of shingles of your property first so you can prepare for the cost that comes during replacement. Composition shingles generally last about 12 to 20 years, while asphalt shingles typically last 15 to 30 years. In the middle range are wood shingles, which last for 20 to 25 years.

Obviously, climate plays a big factor and these estimates could be off. Extreme winters, high winds, or near-constant humidity damage your shingles earlier than expected as these factors increase the rate of wear on a roof. When your property is in an area where storms and extreme weather constantly occur, inspect your roof often to make sure it remains structurally sound.

Your Rolesville rental property’s roof is an essential part of protecting your investment and your tenant, not to mention your tenant’s possessions. Be proactive when it comes to proper roof maintenance. Don’t wait to take action only when things go wrong. Because if things go wrong, it’s no longer a question of whether you should be replacing your shingles or not – you have no choice but to do it. At Real Property Management Raleigh, 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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