posted on May 08,2018
Different types of roofing material will have different things to pay attention to, and different costs and benefits to weigh.
A roof made of asphalt shingles will typically last around 15 to 25 years. Because these are the most cost effective initially, they require more frequent maintenance and replacement. Generally, important signs that you should consult a roof replacement company are if the shingles are losing ceramic granules, the shingles are dry, chipping, cracking, curling up, or you’ve recently had any significant storm damage, such as from hail or high winds. You may also notice shingles slipping or nail pops, which occur when a roofer has missed the wood of the deck(?), and the nail is hammered into a blank space. Eventually, heat will push the nail up and sometimes through the shingle, which can create a leak.
Metal roofs can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years, but some metals, like copper, can last well over 100 years. Because of this, the signs are usually easy to see when it’s time to replace a metal roof. You’ll be able to see major discoloration, rust, or you’ll be dealing with roof leaks that no longer respond to simple repairs. Issues such as chipping or peeling paint should be easily solvable by repainting, though most of those paint finish on pre-finished panels should be covered by manufacturer warranties.
Concrete and clay tiles can last around 40-75 years, and usually only need to be replaced if you’re seeing cracked or loose tiles. Any leaks that don’t respond to simple repairs will also indicate a failing roof.
Wood materials can typically last for 20-35 years, but with proper maintenance, might last up to 40. Cracked, broken, or curling shingles are a good indicator that wooden shingles need to be replaced, as are leaks that no longer respond to simple repairs. Light coming through the attic, however, might be nothing to worry about if it is nice out - wood swells in the rain and will seal itself up.
Composite/synthetic slate roofs have a typical lifespan of about 30-50 years, but natural slate roofs can last 50 to 100+ years. If you see cracked, missing, or loose slates or have leaks that aren’t responding to simple repairs, it’s time to call about a new roof.
Choosing the best roofing material for your home is the first important step in ensuring that you have the highest quality roof possible, but the installer you choose to work with is equally important. Often, roofs will fail with perfectly good material due to installation error. Always look for contractors with proper credentials and a history of installing the products that you are considering. Top companies will have lots of experience, proper insurance, and certifications from the manufacturers.
Roofs are long-term investments in the beauty and functionality of your home. It’s important to learn how old your roof is and how to properly maintain it so you can prepare to replace it on time. Just as you’d save for a child’s college education, it’s important to have a plan to save for your upcoming maintenance or reroofing costs so you can get the longevity and quality from it that you want.
Posted on May 08,2018 in Roof
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