How often should I replace my roof?

Posted on 25 July 2023

“How often should I replace my roof?” is one of the most common questions we get asked here at Raven Roofing and Repairs. Most people know that their roof won’t last forever but aren’t sure exactly when to replace it. Read on to find out how long you can expect your roof to last and discover the biggest signs that you need a replacement. 

How long does a standard roof last?Roof Repairs in Grimsby

Most roofing experts say that a standard roof should last somewhere between 20 and 25 years. Often, it can last even longer than this, sometimes up to 50 years. However, this depends on the quality of the initial installation and the upkeep. Naturally, if a roof has been installed to a high standard using proper methods and the correct materials, it’s likely to last longer than a roof that’s been installed poorly using substandard materials. If your roof is getting old or is in a bad state of repair, we recommend replacing it in order to avoid damage occurring to the interior of your home.

At Raven Roofing, we can carry out a roof inspection and let you know if a replacement is necessary. If you do need a new roof, don’t despair. Not only may the cost of a new roof be less than you think, but there’s a wide range of other benefits to replacing this part of your home. A new roof will provide better protection for your home, preventing water damage from occurring to your home’s interior. It may also be more energy efficient, allowing you to cut your carbon footprint whilst slashing your bills.

Which roofing materials last longest? 

One key factor that plays a role in how long your roof lasts is the materials used. Some materials last much longer than others, with concrete, clay, and slate tiles amongst the most durable options. These materials have an average lifespan of 100 years or more. Whilst these materials last the longest, they are also some of the most expensive. Slate roofs are by far the most durable, which is why many people call them “forever roofs” because they can seem to last forever.

Asphalt is a very popular roofing material due to its versatility, affordability and ease of installation. However, it has a shorter lifespan than other materials. Asphalt roofs are particularly vulnerable to extreme weather, including high winds, hailstorms, and heavy snow loads, which can cause the shingles to crack, lift, or become dislodged. Fading and deterioration of asphalt roofs can also be a problem. Over time, asphalt shingles can fade due to exposure to sunlight, and their granular surface can wear off. This can impact the aesthetic appearance and potentially compromise their performance. 

5 signs you need a new roof

Whilst the age of your roof can often indicate that a replacement might be necessary, there are other signs to look out for. Here are five of the biggest signs that you may need a new roof:

  • Age of the roof: Most roofs have a limited lifespan. If your roof is coming to the end of its expected lifespan, it could be time to replace it. Whilst asphalt shingle roofs normally last around 20 to 30 years, metal, tile, or slate roofs can last much longer.
  • Leaks or water damage: If you’ve spotted water stains on your ceiling or walls or in your attic, it could indicate a roof leak. Check if water has made its way inside after periods of heavy rain or snowfall. Multiple or reoccurring leaks in your property may indicate that your roof has been compromised.
  • Missing, cracked, or curling shingles: Carefully inspect your roof for visible damage such as missing, cracked or curled shingles. Such problems can allow water to penetrate the roof, leading to leaks and damage to the interior of your property. Shingles that are visibly worn or that have deteriorated signal that your roof may need replacing
  • Granule loss: Asphalt shingles have granules on their surface in order to protect them from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Therefore, if you notice excessive granule loss, which is usually evidenced by the presence of granules in your gutters or downspouts, it could indicate that the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan and may need replacing.
  • Sagging or structural issues: A sagging roof or other visible signs of structural damage, such as an uneven or drooping roofline, can indicate underlying problems. The roof’s structural integrity may have been compromised, which means a new roof may be necessary. 

How do I know if I need a new roof

Roof replacement in Louth

Now you know the answer to “How often should I replace my roof?”, you may be looking for a company to carry out a roof replacement in Louth. Our roofers have been installing new roofs throughout the area for many years, giving us a huge amount of experience. We’ll use the best methods and premium materials to install your roof to the very highest standards. You can expect your new roof to look and perform its best long into the future. 

If your roof is getting old or you’ve noticed problems with it such as leaks, missing shingles or a sagging roofline, it’s important to get it inspected by a professional roofer as soon as possible. Whilst we may be able to repair your roof, it may need replacing. At Raven Roofing, we can carry out a comprehensive inspection of your roof, visually examining both its exterior and interior for signs of damage, moss and algae and leaks and water damage. 

Contact us 

For a roof replacement in Louth, look no further than Raven Roofing and Repairs. You can reach us by calling 01507 640 072 or by sending us a message via our website. We’ll arrange to visit your property in order to provide a free quote for a new roof. 

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Shawn Bosworth
Chris and his apprentice were brilliant! Came out in the miserable rain and made my roof water tight again. I had several quotes from other roofers, cowboys trying to milk my desperation for silly money. Chris was honest, fair and reasonably priced. Highly recommended, thanks!
mark appleby
Extremely Happy with Job!Chris, Quickly assessed the roof and gave options on what could be done.Once Date Agreed, delivered on time with a very professional looking job. Job was in Feb and Chris and Team went out of their way to get the job done even though weather was bad at end of week. They left Work area very clean. Highly reccomend them!
Bev Barley
Thanks for doing a first class job would highly recommend Chris for a job well done
Robert Meadows
Mike Downs
Fantastic, would recommend to anyone who needs roof work. Polite, helpful and super fast. Thanks so much.
Lisa McMahon
Had a leak from my roof. Chris came out the same day althoughthe weather wasn't good. He surveyed the roof and found the problem immediately (a tile had slipped), took photo's before and after replacing the slipped tile. I asked how much I owed him - he said there was NO charge as it was a quick repair. What a lovely, kind, genuine guy! Would highly recommended him and his company.
Roland Packer
We recently had the roof on our extension replaced by raven roofing. Chris and his young helper couldn't have been more helpful. Work done to a very high standard. Quote honoured to the penny. Genuinely nice people and a real pleasure to do business with. Will definitely call them for the services they offer, when needed.
Michelle Packer
Can’t recommend this company enough. Did a great job on our roof , very friendly team , punctual, good quality work and good value for money . Many thanks
Carol Howden
Very friendly team and carried out a great job. Arrived and just got on with the job. Looks great
andrew engeham
Competitive price and excellent workmanship.Highly recommended.
Keith Brown
Great company great service
John Hornsby
Came on time very Satisfied with wat was done. Will be using them again if needed
Omer Khalifa
renegade jokerrr
Fantastic service! Nice and friendly guys! Very quick work! Great customer service! If I need any repairs in the future i will use Raven again.
Margaret Dabb
After being let down by another firm i rang Chris in desperation. Within an hour he arrived, looked at work, discussed, priced and booked a date. Arrived on time, everything ran like clockwork even in the awful heat they had to work through. Very well organised, very tidy, would have no hesitation in recommending his work. Many thanks
Zoe Gibbons
Can’t recommend Chris and his team more, they were all friendly, polite and efficient and left my patio tidier than it was before! Nothing was too much trouble and good quality work and price. I’d definitely recommend Raven Roofing to all my friends and family.
Alan Grosschmidt
Would Recommend Raven Roofing.We had new gutters and facias fitted all round the house.We were really pleased with the completed job.I did point out a minor oversight, which Chris promptly dealt with.The quote for the job was very competitive and I doubt you could get it done cheaper.So deserves 5 Stars.
Andrea Goforth
Was very happy with the prompt, professional, and friendly service provided by this company . They were so quick to help me out and repair a badly storm damaged roof. It is such a joy to have a service provider come when they say they will! Reasonable price and good quality workmanship too . Thank you, Raven Roofing .
We had the tiles down the gulley re-bedded.Very professional and cleaned up afterwards. Really friendly and very kind guy and we will definitely be using Raven Roofing again in the new year to do our guttering! Thanks Chris 👍🏻
Mike Prior
they repaired a dislodged tile free of charge. Just asked To be remembered for other works and telling my friends
Sally Melton
Had a skylight fitted. Excellent service, fitted my job in even though extremely busy. Was absolutely delighted the attention to detail was perfect. Made sure everything was tidied up and taken away. Thank you again. Would highly recommend.
Ali Wickham
Peter Hogarth
These guys did a great job repointing my roof gulleys
Pamela Blow
Samantha Blow
Excellent service, I would highly recommend :)
Derek Coates
Chris promptly repaired the front guttering which is now ok.
Lee Popham
Rang raven to come and fix my roof after last months storm, came next day and repaired, very happy with service and price, will definitely use again.
Mark Barnard
Very good reliable service all work guaranteed
kevin langley
When we needed urgent roof repairs, Raven Roofing & Repairs came to the rescue. Great quality work undertaken by true professionals.
Steve Nowell
I recently had repairs done to my roof. The response and service were excellent, nothing was too much trouble and the work carried out effectively and efficiently
Kelly Brewer
Excellent service, recently had repairs carried out on my house roof, Chris was really friendly, work carried out to a great standard at a great price 🙂
We have used Raven Roofing several times for small repairs as we didn't want to go to the expense of a new roof, but recent torrential rain forced us to accept we needed a new roof. We were dreading the bill but Raven Roofing were very reasonable (not sure if I'm allowed to say how much).The scaffolding arrived and was put up promptly, Raven Roofing arriving a couple of days later to start work, the only delays were due to bad weather and Raven Roofing contacted us to let us know about any delays which we really liked, usually builders don't bother. Raven roofing were polite, friendly and courteous at all times.Out roof was completely stripped and replaced in a week, all rubbish was removed and the gardens left looking tidy.The roof itself looks fantastic...we are very very pleased and highly recommend Raven Roofing.