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How to Determine the Age of Your Roof

As a homeowner in Gig Harbor, Tacoma, and Port Orchard, it is important to know how old your roof is. This knowledge can help you plan for necessary repairs or replacements, avoid unexpected costs, and ensure the safety and longevity of your home. But if you didn't own your home when the roof was last replaced, how can you determine the age of your roof?

Here are a few ways you can determine the age of your roof.

Check the paperwork.

If you have owned your home for a while, the paperwork from the previous owners or any work done on the roof may provide some clues as to its age. If you weren't the last owner to put a roof on your home, you can check county or city records for any home inspection reports or building permits.

Look at the shingles.

One of the most obvious signs of an aging roof is the condition of the shingles. Shingles that are in good condition and still have plenty of grit and texture are likely relatively new. However, if the shingles are curling or cracking, or you have missing shingles, this is a sign that the roof is older and may need to be replaced. You can also check for discoloration, which may indicate algae growth and could mean the shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan.

Look for manufacturer stamps.

Some shingle manufacturers include stamps on the shingles that indicate the date of manufacture. Look for a code that may include the year and month of production. This can provide a rough estimate of the age of the roof.

Check those gutters.

The gutters on your home can provide insight into the age of your roof. If you notice a lot of granules in the gutters, this could be a sign that the shingles are starting to wear down and break down. Additionally, if the gutters are rusted or damaged, this may be a sign that the roof has been exposed to moisture for a long period of time.

Consider the age of the home.

The age of your home can also provide some context for the age of the roof. If your home is relatively new, the roof is likely newer as well. However, if your home is older, the roof may be nearing the end of its lifespan or may have already been replaced.

Ask a professional.

If you are unsure about the age of your roof, a roofing professional can provide an inspection and estimate of its age. Rainy Day Exteriors will inspect your roof for free and can let you know the best next steps. Give us a call for your free inspection and estimate.

Knowing the age of your roof will help you know how to maintain and eventually replace your roof. If you need help, contact us today. We look forward to helping you keep the weather outside.

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