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How Often Should I Reshingle The Roof?

General Contractor Installing New Roof on Lexington Park RentalAs an investor in Lexington Park, it is important to make an effort to keep your rental property in good shape. For single-family rental homes, this begins with the roof. While a good quality roof would last for years, roofs would eventually need to be reshingled. But the question is, how often should you reshingle your rental property’s roof? The answer would depend on the age, condition, and type of materials used in your current roof.

The roof is one of the most ignored parts of the house. They are often forgotten because of their low maintenance characteristics. Two of the factors that tell you when you should reshingle your rental property’s roof are: how old it is and the condition of the roof. If your roof is older than 20 years, it might be time for a replacement since most shingles only last for such an amount of time. Doing regular inspections even if your roof is not that old helps you keep track of your roof’s condition. Experts at the National Roofing Contractors Association recommend inspections twice a year. Inspections may be done by yourself or by hiring a qualified professional.

During the inspection, you and your contractor must be on the lookout for warning signs of your roof starting to fail. If you see areas where shingles are curled, buckled, or missing altogether, that could signal the need for a replacement. More serious signs of a failing roof include sagging, holes, or water damage. You have to check for wood rot and mold since this could spread and damage more than just the shingles. If you perform frequent inspections, you improve your chances of finding small problems early.

While making small repairs will help to extend the life of your Lexington Park property’s roof, the time will eventually come when the entire roof should be reshingled. Knowing the types of shingles of your property, you can prepare for the cost of replacement earlier. Composition shingles generally last about 12 to 20 years, while asphalt shingles typically last 15 to 30 years. Middle range category wood shingles can serve you for 20 to 25 years.

But these estimates could vary depending on the climate. Extreme winters, high winds, or near-constant humidity are factors contributing to the rate of wear on a roof and decrease the life of your shingles. When your property is located in an area where it is exposed to storms and extreme weather, the roof would need to be inspected more often to maintain its sound structure.

Your Lexington Park 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. Because when things do go wrong, there’s no point in asking when you should be replacing the shingles. At Real Property Management Gold, 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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