It’s probably safe to say that most of the time you’re not going to look forward to putting in a new roof, but it’s something that needs to happen.  Thankfully, your home’s roof is something that shouldn’t need replacing for decades.  Depending on the material and workmanship that went into your roof, you likely won’t need to replace a roof for around 30 years.

If you’re in the market for a new roof currently, that’s the conversation you’ll have with your roofer as you look over the choices.  The manufacturers will normally be quoting anywhere from 15-20 years of usable lifetime to around 30 for the average and up to even 50 years for especially durable and higher quality roofing choices.  The technology, methods, and materials have been refined over the years to deliver these impressive results.  Even the products from around 30 years ago, that are now in need of replacement, did a good job of lasting this long.  However, if you look at these examples, you will see that they are easily spotted as needing replacement.  So, today’s materials should do very well for easily the same span and not look like they’re on their last legs at that same future point in time.

There are other factors that will also affect the longevity of your roof.  Likely the most important factor is where you live and what kind of environmental conditions and especially storm damage your roof might be exposed.  In the Unite States, the Midwest and South are especially susceptible to frequent powerful thunderstorms throughout the year.  These storms can bring heavy precipitation, powerful winds, and most damaging of all, hail activity that can wreak havoc on a roof.  If you live in one of these areas and experience such a storm, especially if it had hail associated with it, you will definitely want to have an experienced roofer (here is a good example: take a look at and evaluate any damage that occurred.

Often with such powerful storms that have large hail stones, roofs in a community or a large swatch of many towns will experience roof damage in the form of holes, dents, and other damage that needs to be inspected by a professional roofer to check on the integrity of the roof.  If there is a compromise to a section of a roof and water and the rest of the elements are allowed to penetrate, it can spell big problems for the homeowner.  While a leak from the ceiling is a visible result of such damage, there can be less pronounced issues that can be as bad if not worse.  So, it becomes vital to catch these issues early, before they have a chance to do more extensive damage.

Homeowners insurance policies, especially in areas of the country that are especially vulnerable to these situations, do have coverage and stipulations to take care of these problems.  It is more than worth it to pay for the deductible that may be associated with using the insurance benefit and get your roof back into good shape.  Doing so will ensure that you have a problem-free experience with your roof and can get the full longevity out of it.