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How Often Should I Reshingle The Roof?

General Contractor Installing New Roof on Logan Circle RentalAs an investor in Logan Circle, do the best you can to keep your rental property in good shape. For single-family rental homes, the roof is the starting point. While a good quality roof would last for years, roofs would eventually need to be reshingled. But how many times a year should you reshingle your rental property’s roof? For an accurate answer to this question, first determine the age, condition, and type of material used for your current roof.

The roof is one of the most ignored parts of the house. Because something that needs very little maintenance would tend to be forgotten. Consider the condition of your roof and determine how old it is before you decide to reshingle your rental property’s roof. If your roof is older than 20 years, it might be time for a replacement since most shingles only last for such an amount of time. Regular inspections should be made even if your roof is not that old so that you are constantly aware of the condition of your roof. Experts at the National Roofing Contractors Association recommend inspections twice a year. Inspections may be done by yourself or by hiring a qualified professional.

When doing the inspection, you and your contractor should keep a keen eye on the warning signs that your roof is starting to fail. If you see areas where shingles are curled, buckled, or missing altogether, it could signal the need for a replacement. More serious signs of a failing roof include sagging, holes, or water damage. Also, check for wood rot and mold as both could spread and damage more than just the shingles. By doing frequent inspections, you catch small problems early.

While making small repairs will help to extend the life of your Logan Circle property’s roof, the time will eventually come when the entire roof should be reshingled. Knowing the types of shingles of your property, you can prepare for the cost of replacement earlier. Composition shingles generally last about 12 to 20 years, while asphalt shingles typically last 15 to 30 years. In the middle range are wood shingles, which last for 20 to 25 years.

Of course, these estimates vary greatly with the climate. Extreme winters, high winds, or near-constant humidity increases the rate of wear on a roof, which in turn reduces the life of your shingles. Inspect your roof more often to make sure that it remains structurally sound especially when your property is in an area where storms and extreme weather are constant.

Your Logan Circle rental property’s roof is an essential part of protecting your investment and your tenant, not to mention your tenant’s possessions. Be proactive when it comes to proper roof maintenance. Don’t wait to take action only when things go wrong. Because it’s no longer a question of “when” you should be replacing the shingles when things are already going wrong. At Real Property Management DC Metro, we manage maintenance schedules and coordinate maintenance efforts for our clients’ properties on their behalf. Contact us today to see how we can make your life easier with our expert property management services.

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