You move into a house. The roof is fine. Some years later, though, you notice some missing shingles or moss growing “up there.” Maybe it’s time for you to get your roof replaced. Every roof, no matter the durability or quality of the roof, will eventually live out its lifespan. Ideally, don’t wait for your roof to wear out completely before you take the necessary steps to replace it.

Some of the signs you might notice indicating it’s time for a roof replacement include a leaking roof, particles falling off the roof, and/or loose shingles. Have a professional roof contractor inspect the roof to see whether it just needs repairs or if it’s time for replacement.

How Often Do I Replace My Roof?

How Often Do I Replace My Roof_

Ideally, a durable roof can last up to 20 years (or, in some cases, longer) before it wears out. There are several factors which help determine the lifespan of a roof. Here are some of them.

1. Roofing Materials

Roofing materials include wood shingles, clay shingles, asphalt, etc. Typical asphalt shingles can last for about 15 to 20 years. Wood shingles can last for about 30 to 40 years. Clay shingles last longer– about 50 years.

2. Weather Conditions

The weather conditions of your region have a role to play in determining how long your roofing materials will last. Clay shingles, for instance, may not last 50 years in a moist region. Roofs in regions prone to snow and hail may not survive up to their lifespan with the constant pressure coming from these climatic conditions, so you have to bear in mind that you will probably repair your roof fairly often or replace it sooner than expected.

3. Price of the Materials

Cheap roofing materials are not as reliable as more expensive materials. Don’t expect cheap materials to last long.

4. Ventilation


Poor ventilation has a way of reducing the lifespan of a roof, thereby leading to damage to the roof. Roofs with poor ventilation are prone to form ice dams during winter.

These factors are what will determine how often you will need a roof replacement.


Most people don’t think too much about the roof over their heads. That said, eventually roofs need to be replaced. There are certain signs to watch for, and it’s a good idea to have an annual inspection of your roof to see how it’s doing– you can call Born Carpentry at 612-747-8003 to have them come take a look and assess your particular situation.