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Friday, December 20 2019
How Old Is My Roof? (How to Tell When You Don't Know)

No roof is built to last forever, though some materials may last longer than others. Eventually, roofs can wear down with age, making them more susceptible to leaks and roof rot. But how do you know if you’re dealing with an old roof if, say, you just moved in a few years ago? What if you’re not sure of the age of your roof? Don’t worry. There are a few easy tells that will help you get an idea.

First - Know Your Roof’s Lifespan

Context is always important. Before you start to investigate your roof, know how long your roof is meant to last in your climate. For instance, metal roofs can last for over 100 years while asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 years. Once you know how long your roof should last, you can start to get an idea of how long it has lasted.


Roofing granules on shingles are meant to protect the shingles from harmful UV rays from the sun. However, again, no roof is built to last forever. Eventually, granules start to come loose, especially as the asphalt shingles start to dry up. If roofing granules have come loose or fallen off the roof, your roof is probably too old to be considered functional anymore. It’s time for a replacement.

The Shingles Themselves

While you’re on the lookout for roofing granules, take a look at your roof’s shingles themselves. Are they curling in, chipped, broken, or missing in places? This is another sign that the asphalt of the shingles have dried up, which means the roof is no longer protected from harmful UV rays but is also no longer as watertight as it once was. Issues with roofing leaks or roof rot can follow.

When In Doubt — Ask the Previous Owners

Are you just moving into your new home? Now is a good time to ask the previous owners when they last had a roof replacement. If you’ve been there for a few years, see if you can reach out to the previous owners through the contact info you had for them previously. They may be able to give you insights into the age of the roof and if you’ll need to have it replaced soon. 

Is your roof potentially aged out? Looking for a roof replacement? Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information or a free estimate.

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