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HOW LONG SHOULD A ROOF LAST? ELEMENTS

posted on May 08,2018

Taking care of and maintaining a house takes a lot of work and a lot of knowledge. And, while there are plenty of professionals out there, it’s still important to know the kinds of questions to ask and to make sure those professionals are answering accurately.

You don’t want to leave the condition of your roof up to chance - its job to protect your home and family is simply too important.

So, what do you look for to know that your roof is in good shape? How long should your roof last?

The longevity of your roof will depend on the type of roof you have, the quality of the materials, and the skill of your installer. Many different aspects work together to make up the whole roofing system. They are:

- Ventilation 
- Shingles
- Flashing
- Underlayment
- Ice & water barrier
- Drip edge
- Deck

Every one of these elements plays a role in maintaining the integrity of the roof, but as a homeowner, the most important components to pay attention to are the underlayment, ventilation, and material.

Underlayment provides the ice and water shield and is a vapor barrier that prevents moisture from under the roof to get into it. It’s a water-resistant or waterproof layer that is installed over the roof deck and beneath the rest of the roofing material. Good quality, properly installed underlayment can add years to the lifespan of your roof, especially in the northeast United States where we deal with really bad winters.

The ventilation system is crucial to maintaining materials by regulating the temperature of your attic. Sudden changes in temperature can shock your roofing system and cause damage and make your roof harder to maintain. Generally, a good ventilation system keeps the temperature of the attic within 20 to 30 degrees of the outside so the material isn’t warped or affected by the dramatic difference in heat or cold. It also helps control the amount of moisture. Proper installers will ensure that there is plenty of insulation to combat heat, cold, and moisture and therefore damage to your roof.

Posted on May 08,2018 in Roof

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