Michigan homeowners have two major questions about roof replacement: when will I need one, and how long will it take?

When Roof Replacement is Needed

Many factors affect a roof’s aging.

  • Who installed it? How long ago?
  • Which way do the prevailing winds blow?
  • How many freeze and thaw cycles has the roof endured?

We can simplify your calculations with an easier question:

  • When was your roof last inspected by a professional roofer? 

You may already suspect there is a roof replacement looming in your home’s future. You wonder about that strange sag, the displaced flashing, or the cracked shingles. You have concerns about water-shedding, granules in gutters, or the “flat” roof over your porch. 

Perhaps you have noticed a rise in humidity inside your Canton-area home. Perhaps you have even seen water infiltrate into your attic, ruining batt insulation. Or worst of all, seen water stain the ceilings or run down your walls. How often you need a roof replacement depends on how attentive you are to your roof!

Here are some signs and factors to consider before making that call to a trusted, local residential roofer:

  • What is your roof’s age from date of installation, and its weathering age? 
  • How well was the original roof installed, and who installed it?
  • What level of quality were the original materials? 
  • Who has been maintaining, inspecting, and repairing the roof while you have occupied the house?

If your home is in an older development and still has its original roof, you are probably living under the least expensive three-tab shingle available in contractor lots. It perhaps has seen little or no maintenance and is well past its useful life. 

If your home was custom-built, protected from winds by nearby trees (that do not overhang!), and used high-grade materials, it may have a few years left in it. 

Rules of Thumb

In general, roofs from the 2000s and earlier are probably due for roof replacement. Fiberglass-asphalt shingles last around 20 years. That’s it — proper maintenance and attentive repair can add, perhaps, another five good years to the average, but older shingle roofs simply were not made to be “lifetime” roofs. 

Low-slope (what residential homeowners often call “flat”) roofs often have an even shorter life span. Commercial low-slope roofing can last 30+ years, but much of that life is due to steady maintenance. If your porch, front entryway, or mother-in-law addition has a low-slope roof, it probably is already showing signs of failure. 

Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are never waterproof; they are water-resistant, based almost entirely on the combination of asphalt and granules which together shed water into gutters. When granules fill gutters, water seeps in. So a rule of thumb is to examine, safely from a secure ladder, how much washout is in your gutters. The more, definitely not the merrier!

Extending the Life of a New Roof

When you make the capital investment to get a roof replacement, you want to outlast the averages. For every negative factor shortening the life of your roof, though, you can make up for it with positive moves:

  • To shield yourself from shady itinerant roofers, partner only with a local, reliable, community-centered roofer
  • To extend the life of a roofing system, use the highest quality materials you can afford
  • To protect against storm damage, ice dams, and harsh winters, consider innovative products like Roof Maxx

Scheduling Roof Replacement

A quality, thorough roof replacement job will generally take two to four days, depending on the size of your home’s roof and its complexity. A steep-slope roof with a lot of hips, gables, and valleys will require more time and slower pacing for safety. An expansive, ranch-style roof will be much faster. 

No roof replacement installed by a truly professional roofer will take weeks to complete. You will not have your home and routine disrupted for more than a week, on average. Roofers profit from perfect installation and efficient pacing. They do not work by the hour, but by the job.

They will remove your old roof and lay down the appropriate materials in replacing it:

  • Sheathing
  • Underlayment (synthetic or organic; synthetic lasts far longer)
  • Water and ice shield
  • Drip edge
  • Flashing
  • Starter course shingles, regular shingles (architectural shingles wear better), ridge shingles, ridge ventilation

Anyone step in the roofing system can affect the overall life span and quality of the entire roof. Insist on a superior, trusted local roofer to make the most of your Canton-area home’s roof replacement. 

When that time is now for a roof replacement, please contact us today at Victors Roofing. We are ready to install the ideal, affordable low-slope or fiberglass-asphalt shingle roof to protect your Michigan home.