Few things are more important to a house than a good roof. Although roofing materials have average life expectancies, the life expectancy of any one roof depends on factors such as local weather conditions and the roof’s design and construction, as well as its material. In any case, homeowners need an idea of when their roof might require replacement.
One of the most common questions new customers ask is how long will their roof last. This is a very valid question. A new roof isn’t cheap, so it’s good to know that you are having it installed by licensed professionals who will help you get the most life out of your roof.
A lot of what goes into determining how long your roof will last depends on what material you choose to use, and if they are installed properly or not. There are many roofing materials on the market, each one having its pros and cons. In terms of life expectancy, some are far better than others, but when you take their price, looks, installation and required maintenance into consideration, some choices that might not seem like the most practical end up being the perfect fit.
- Asphalt Roofs are far less expensive than other roofing materials, so it is expected to have a shorter lifespan. Depending on the quality of the shingle, you can expect anasphalt roof to remain in good shape for 20 to 30 years.
- Metal Roofs conjure up an image of something that is more likely to be found on a warehouse than on a home. Metal roofs have come a long way and they are some of the soundest and most durable roofs around. Metal roofs are extremely low maintenance and carry a 20-40 year warranty.
- Wood Shingle and Shake Roofing are attractive and insulate, but are prone to problems that don’t exist with other materials. If you have a wood roof on your home, it will need regular attention if you want it to last for a decent amount of time. Don’t expect a wood roof to last more than 20 to 30 years.
- Tile and Slate Roofing is an extremely durable material. Depending on the quality of the tile, these roofs can last 50 or more years without requiring any major upkeep.
The other big thing that goes into determining just about how long your roof will last is the climate you live in. Areas with high wind tend to have shorter life spans on their roofs.
In order to keep your roof lasting as long as possible, you are going to want to do the proper maintenance.
- Keep the Gutters Clean to prevent unnecessary water damage to the fascia and the boards along the gutter line.
- Remove Debris from the Roof such as tree branches and leaves that may collect along roof valleys.
- Have the Roof Professionally Inspected every two or three years and have small repairs made as needed.
Remember, there are four things that destroy a house: water, water, water, and neglect. Start your maintenance where it counts: At The Roof.
Proper ventilation will extend the life of your roof. Without ventilation in your roof, heat and moisture can cause rafters and sheathing to rot, shingles to buckle, and insulation to lose energy efficiency and overall effectiveness.
If you have any questions or would like an estimate on a re-roof for your home, feel free to contact Premo Roofing, because we do every job as if it were our own.