We have a house that is now a little over 20 years old.
My wife noticed some small ceiling water spots on our
top floor. We have architectural shingles that are rated
for 30 years.
had two roofing companies come out, and while they said
that they can fix the leaks (probably flashing), they
recommend that we get a new roof.
said that we can get it repaired but that they would
probably have to come back in two years for a completely
my question is this: Is it unusual to replace an entire
roof nine to 10 years before the rating?
know that there are several variables that affect a life
of a roof, but I only thought by a few years, not 10.
is also making me somewhat suspicious is that we were
among the last homeowners to move into our development,
and yet I believe that we would be the first to get a
I think you are absolutely justified in being
suspicious. I also assume that youíve talked to your
neighbors, and that their responses have made you more
Iím told, apply to the materials that make up a roof
ó the shingles, primarily ó so they could be in fine
shape while the flashing or whatís underneath them may
be causing a problem.
lot of roofing products have not yet been out the length
of time for which they are rated. So, for instance, Iím
not sure that my Owens-Corning shingles will last 50
I do is make sure that the gutters are clear, and that
tree branches are not sitting on the roof. Each year, I
walk the roof and remove debris and twigs from the
valleys, so rain and melting snow drain properly.
advice: Get one of the roofing companies to determine
the actual cause of these small leaks ó the flashing
is a likely cause, although Iíve not seen your roof
ó and fix it. In the meantime, keep an eye on the roof
and save money in the event a new one is needed.
should also contact the shingle manufacturer, if you
know it, and your builder, if possible, for the real