How Often Should I Replace My Roof?

We both agree to the fact that a roof is one of the largest investments you can make as a homeowner. It’s something that one spends thousands of dollars on the roofing material as well as the installation cost. That’s the reason why this question often arises. Everyone wants to know how soon will they be spending this much again. In most cases, those who ask just want to be sure about their expectations as they plan for the future. 

Well, talking to a highly professional roofing contractor would a good starting point to understanding how soon you’ll need to replace your roof. First of all, there’s what the manufacturer indicates about the lifespan of a given roofing material. However, most people just assume that their roofs will last for the period indicated forgetting that one has to inspect and maintain them on a regular basis. 

There are several factors that determine the period of time it will take before you consider replacing your newly installed roof. The main reason is usually age. There are different types of roofing materials and each of them has its own lifespan. The starting point should, therefore, be knowing the type of roofing material on your roof. 

The most popular roofing material is asphalt shingles. It’s widely used due to its affordability as compared to other materials such as clay tile, metal roofing and wood. When it comes to its lifespan, asphalt has a service life of about 12 to 25 years depending on how it’s maintained. 

Metal roofing materials are increasingly being used today due to their longevity and duration. They can last for about 30 to 70 years depending on the material. Wood can survive for almost the same time as asphalt while slate is considered to be one of the longest lasting roofing material with a lifespan of about 50 to 80 years. 

Having a clear maintenance program from a reputable roofing company will help you maximize the performance and lifespan of your roof. The lifespan projections can only be achieved when you work with a pro to carry out regular inspections to identify and fix any problems in their early stages. Regular repairs are very important especially after a major storm or any other adverse weather condition. 

  1. Maintenance Tips to Make Your Roof Last

The fact that your roof offers protection to your home, your family and your possessions from the adverse weather conditions means it has a lot to endure as far as wear and tear is concerned. In most cases, your roof will be damaged by extreme weather conditions such as strong wind and hail storms. We both know that you spend thousands of dollars to install your roof and it’s not a cheap process. 

Replacing a roof is not one of those things you’d want to do more often as a homeowner considering the cost involved. However, it’s still possible to make sure your roof serves you for the longest period possible. You can reduce expensive roof repairs by having and following a routine maintenance on a regular basis. Here are some maintenance tips that will make your roofing last.

Keeping your Gutters Clean

How often do you clean or even inspect your gutter system? Some of the costly repairs homeowners face are as a result of ignoring their gutters. When debris accumulates on your gutter, it starts pulling away the gutter at the fascia of your roof as a result of the added weight. One of the signs that your gutters are pulling away is bending or sagging. Cleaning your gutters and getting rid of any debris will allow water to easily flow thereby preventing any damage. It also prevents algae and moss buildup around your roof thereby protecting its structural integrity.

Focusing on the Attic

Most of us tend to focus more on the exterior part of our roofs forgetting that there’s the inside part that needs out attention. Your attic should be well insulated and ventilated to ensure the safety of your roof’s rafters. When the attic is well insulated, it prevents the buildup of moisture on the underside of the roofing system. It also maintain a reasonable internal temperature in your house. 

Catching Problems Early

You can only catch roof problems early by inspecting your roof more often. You should inspect your roof shingles, soffit, the vent, chimney, fascia and the flashing. Remember this should be done by a professional roofing contractor since you might not be in position to identify problems with your untrained eye. Any signs of damage should be fixed immediately. Fixing roofing problems early will save you a lot of money. It’s recommended to have a professional inspect your roof every time there’s severe weather conditions such as high winds, ice, and hail strikes. 

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