The highly debated, age-old question: how long will my roof last? While this may seem like a question that could be answered a million and a half different ways, we’re here to help you get to the bottom of it once and for all. We’ll give you the short, to-the-point answer and then tell you how and why this number can be affected in more ways than just one. If you have a slate, copper, or tile roof, you can expect your roof to last 50+ years – lucky you! Wood shake roofs have a life expectancy of approximately 30 years, and asphalt composition roofs come in around 20 years. However, we wish that the material used was the only determining factor of the life expectancy of a roof, but unfortunately, climate and weather affects the lifespan of all types of roofs as well. If you’re unsure about the current age of your roof, we at Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling, Inc. can give you helpful hints to better predict the remaining lifespan of your roof. Certain signs may mean you need a new roof immediately, while others may mean you only need simple repairs that should be taken care of before they start to cause bigger problems. Your attic can be a great resource to check in on every once in a while. Since it is directly attached to your roof, it often gives you some of the best indications in regards to roof replacement or repairs. Check your attic when it’s raining, and if you can see obvious water coming in, then you have a problem. However, light shining through isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. Often times, certain roofing materials allow some sunlight to come through and are still able to keep rain and other elements out. Algae growth occurs when moisture starts to build up on your roof’s shingles, and although algae isn’t necessarily a problem in itself, it often times can be an indication of other issues related to your roof. However, choosing Bachman’s preferred GAF shingles, which are resistant to algae growth, can help you to ensure that other problems won’t arise. Even a few missing shingles or a minor leak doesn’t mean you need a brand new roof. Roofs are constantly exposed to the elements that can cause problems, but that most likely means they need maintenance and minor repairs. These types of repairs typically won’t break the bank as long as they’re dealt with in a timely manner. When it comes down to it, the best way to find out if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced is to have it inspected. At Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling, Inc., we offer free estimates, so don’t delay any longer if you think your roof may be at risk! From major roof replacements to minor repairs, we’ll provide you with a long lasting roof at a price you can deal with! So be sure to give Bachman’s a call today to reinforce the confidence you have in your roof and for all of your roofing needs in the Southern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland area!