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How Often Should I Reshingle The Roof?

General Contractor Installing New Roof on Windermere RentalAs an investor in Windermere, do the best you can to keep your rental property in good shape. For single-family rental homes, the starting point is the roof. A quality roof can last for years, but there will come a time that your roof will need to be reshingled. But do you wonder how many times you should reshingle your rental property’s roof? The answer would depend on the age, condition, and type of materials used in your current roof.

Often, the most ignored part of the house is the roof. They are often forgotten because of their low maintenance characteristics. Your rental property’s roof should be reshingled depending on the condition or how old the roof is. Most types of shingles last for 20 years, so if your roof is older than that, it might be time for a replacement. 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 do the inspection yourself or you could also hire a qualified professional.

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, it could signal the need for a replacement. More serious signs of a failing roof include sagging, holes, or water damage. Also, check for wood rot and mold as both could spread and damage more than just the shingles. By doing frequent inspections, you catch small problems early.

While making small repairs will help to extend the life of your Windermere property’s roof, the time will eventually come when the entire roof should be reshingled. Depending on the types of shingles your property has, you can estimate the cost for its replacement in advance. 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 can increase the rate of wear on a roof and dramatically decrease the service 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 Windermere rental property’s roof is an essential part of protecting your investment and your tenant, not to mention your tenant’s possessions. Don’t wait for things to go wrong. 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 South Orlando, 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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