Knowing your roof’s age allows you to anticipate issues with your roof and prepare for its replacement. It also helps roofing contractors determine the best course of action when dealing with roof damage.
Keep reading to get some tips on how to figure out the age of your roof.
How to Determine Your Roof’s Age
Here are a few simple ways to determine your roof’s age:
- Roofing Receipt
Find the receipt for your roof as this will show you the date when the roofing material was purchased or installed. When buying a home, you can ask the current homeowner for the roof’s receipt or other roof-related documents so that you’ll have proof of the roof’s age.
- Local Government Records
Your home’s building permit can establish the date of your roof’s installation. If you know the contractor who performed the installation, you can also ask them for information or help you verify the roof’s installation date. You can request your local government to provide you with a copy of the building permit.
- Roof Inspections
Experts can determine your roof’s age through a thorough inspection. They have training and knowledge to assess your roof’s age, so you can be sure their findings will be accurate.
What Are the Signs Your Roof Needs Replacement?
Curled and missing shingles in wide areas of the roof typically indicate a need for replacement. Damaged roof valleys could mean water infiltration, which could further indicate that mold growth and wood rot have already occurred in the attic.
Other signs that you need to look out for are sagging and rusted or exposed nails. If your home was built around the same time as your neighbors’ houses and they have been replacing their roofs recently, it’s a sign you might need to replace yours, too.