Roofs are part of all of our lives, but most of us don’t think about them that often. They perform important functions though; perhaps we should give them more thought. For example, you may need to install a new roof or repair an existing one. You may be in the process of buying a new house. Have you given any consideration to how long the roof will last? What impacts how long they last? How can you improve the lifespan of your roof? In this article, we will answer some of those questions.
How Long Will My Roof Last?
A lot of different things affect how long a roof will last. We will examine some of the factors which affect the lifespan of a roof.
The most important factor impacting your roof’s lifespan is the material it is made of. Slate, copper, and tile roofs have the longest lifespan. They can often last more than 50 years, so when considering them, know that they are extremely durable. Wood shake roofs usually last about 30 years. Other common materials include asphalt composition roofs or cement shingles. These will typically last about 25 years. Most well-installed roofs should be expected to last a reasonable amount of time. If you are buying a home, it is important to consider what the roof is made of and when it was installed so you can anticipate when it will need to be replaced.
There are other things to consider as well. Did you know that even the pitch of the roof affects how long it will last? If you’re thinking of installing a roof or buying a house but you aren’t sure what pitch to go with on your roof, then it is important to note that steeper sloped roofs usually last longer. This is because as can shed water faster, avoiding the saturation of roofing materials. This isn’t to say that flat roofs are bad; they can be very useful well installed properly with a good drainage system. Steep-sloped roofs, however, do tend to wear at a slower rate than flat roofs. If you want the longest lasting roof you can consider using a durable material (like slate) to install a steeply sloped roof.
Another important factor to consider is the weather. Because roofs are made to shield us from the elements, they bear the brunt of them. Roofs are subjected to pelting rain, baking sun, tornadoes, and all the other things Mother Nature throws at us. Weather plays a significant part in the durability of our roofs. If your roof is often subjected to heavy rain, this may decrease its lifespan but you can mitigate against this by making sure there is a good drainage system in place.
So How Can I Improve The Lifespan Of My Roof?
Extending the lifespan of your roof starts by choosing the right one and then installing it properly. You can start by contacting highly-qualified roofing experts. They will be able to assist you in choosing the best roofing material, pitch, etc. Furthermore, they will be able to assist with maintenance and repair.
Taking care of the roof you have is also important. Simple things like making sure the gutters are cleaned regularly, having the roof inspected for any damage before it becomes severe, and repairing early wear-and-tear with the right materials can all go a long way in helping you sustain your roof.
For more information on roof longevity contact ABC Roofing Corp at (954) 344-4622.