When to Replace Roofing

roof replacementThe average lifespan of any roof depends heavily on a variety of factors. What type of roof is it? Was it installed properly? Has it endured severe damage? Generally speaking, a traditional asphalt roof will last anywhere from 13-20 years depending on the type of shingles that were used. Tile and metal roofs can last much longer, sometimes upwards of 50 years.

However, it’s important to keep in mind that not all roofs are built the same and thus, not all roofs will be able to live out there complete lifespans and may need to be replaced earlier than expected. Refer to the telltale signs below to know if your roof is in need of replacement.


These are fairly easy to spot as water will pool underneath the leak and water spots may form on the ceiling near the leak. This is a huge red flag and should be addressed by a professional immediately to avoid further damage.

Springy Areas

When you walk on the roof, do you feel that some areas are springy? This is an indication of severe water damage that has compromised the structural integrity of the roof, making replacement a necessity in the near future.

Mold & Mildew Growth

More evidence of water damage, mold and mildew can be spotted on the shingles fairly easily as it creates quite the eyesore. Plus, it presents health hazards, meaning you should address the problem right away.

Missing Shingles

Storms can often cause shingles to blow off, as can impact damage from windblown debris. Missing shingles often lead to leaks, so you should certainly address the problem as quickly as possible.

If you are experiencing any of the problems listed above, turn to Roland Slate Service Company. We would be happy to come out and perform a free inspection to identify problem areas and recommend a repair or replacement solution. Our work is guaranteed for life and our products are top-notch, which is why we are the premier name in roofing throughout Baltimore and surrounding areas. Contact us today for a free consultation.

About Us

Roland Slate Service Company is a highly trusted, family-owned and -operated, award-winning specialty roofer. We service all slate, asphalt, copper, and metal roofing, and provide renovations for historic roofs. We also perform masonry repairs, in addition to selling and installing premium doors, windows, siding, and other home improvement products.