Most people will postpone a roof replacement as long as possible. However, if you live in the Hampton Roads area, waiting too long to replace your roof can be a problem in the long run, especially if you live close to the water you are more exposed to the elements (wind, rain, sun, salt, etc.) . The longer you wait the more it will cost, so you might want to wait on that Christmas present, that new car or plasma TV.
You should know the age of your roof or have a Roofing Company in Hampton Roads inspect it and get an idea of how old the roof is. Most 3 tab roofs will last about 15 to 20 years, if they were installed right.
Architectural shingles (most commonly know as 30 year) will last about 20 to 30 years, it also depends if they were installed right, and the area that the property is located: close to the water, shaded area, close to an Airport (jet fuel) etc. or if you gave your roof the maintenance that it needs, cleaning the valleys, behind the chimneys and skylights, etc.
Slate Tiles Roofs, Terracota and Composite roofing systems such as EcoStar will last easy over 40 years with a good installation as well.
After finding out the age and looking at some of the signs you should know when your roof is due for a replacement, if you actually have damage inside your house
You should know that repairs like this one will cost you and average of $500 to $3000 so there goes a big chunk of money that you could've use towards your roof, repairs like this one include : tear off, sheetrock, insulation, plaster, paint, labor, disposal, labor and installation and turn your home into a construction site. Repairs like this one will always be bad news.
If you get a chance to inspect the your attic you will get a better idea of the shape your roof is in. If you see stained, darkened wood, rotted wood or daylight then you know its time to do some major repairs or replace your roof. The problem with this is that you might not be able to get a good look at the eaves and rakes which is where we find the damaged wood most of the time. A reliable Roofing Company in Hampton Roads will identify the problem and come up with solutions. Again, if you have a bunch of rotted wood on your property you will end up spending a lot more money for the roof than you had anticipated. For example if the damage was so severe that even the rafters are damaged, then we are talking structural damage and major repairs (very costly).
Keep in mind, Roofing is not something that your handy brother in law or neighbor should do. There's too many factors involved and it is important to leave it to the professionals. A reputable roofing company will always identify the problems involved with your roof, will come up with the best solution to fix it, make it more energy efficient and a lot better looking. If you are in Virginia Beach area or surrounding area of Hampton Roads, give us a call for a free inspection and we will determine the needs of your roof. Thanks for reading this.