As a conscientious homeowner, you need to have a good idea of when major upcoming home improvement projects will become necessary. One major area to keep track of is your roofing - how long will it last? How long before you will need to invest in roof replacement?
There are many factors that will determine the answer to that question, and every individual case is somewhat different. Nonetheless, here are 5 key factors to consider when deciding on how long to wait before re-roofing your home or business property.
1. It Depends On Your Roofing Material Type
Roof replacement becomes necessary at widely different points depending on the type of roofing material on your home. Standing seam metal roofing, for example, generally lasts from 30 to 50 years. Copper may last for over 100 years. Clay tiles tend to last around 50 to 100 years, and concrete stands up to the elements for around 50 to 75 years.
Cedar or redwood shakes or shingles generally get you from 20 to 40 years of usefulness, while asphalt shingles may get you anywhere from 15 to 30 years.
2. Which Type Of Asphalt Shingle Is It?
Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing in Florida and throughout the US. This is both because of its adaptability as a sturdy water and wind barrier and its affordability relative to other roofing options.
Regular three-tab shingles tend to last from 15 to 20 years, and the warranty will reflect that fact. Architectural (dimensional) asphalt shingles usually endure a little longer - up to 25 years. And premium asphalt shingles normally have a life expectancy of up to 30 years.
3. What Kind Of Weather Patterns Are Endured?
Beyond material type and quality, you also have to consider the kind of weather patterns that your roofing is enduring day in and day out. That will have a big impact on how long it lasts.
High winds, major storms and hurricanes, high heat during the summer months, constant wind exposure, frequent downpours, hail impacts, morning frost, and other weather factors all come into play. Shingles with wind, water, UV light, and heat resistance built into the package will get you 5 to 10 extra years of usage in most cases.
4. How Well Has Your Roofing Been Maintained?
Getting regular roof inspections done, having your roof swept and your gutters cleaned annually, and acting quickly to handle any needful roof repairs makes a difference over the years.
The better you maintain your roofing, the longer it's going to be with you and up to its optimum performance level - it's as simple as that.
5. Are You Seeing Signs Of Serious Deterioration?
Regardless of how long roofing is supposed to last, a visual inspection of your roof is the ultimate test. A trained professional roofer will know how to evaluate the condition of your shingles, ridge caps, flashing, roof deck, roofing cement, and your whole roofing system.
Minor or isolated problems may signal the need for a roof repair, but at some point, it costs more to keep on making frequent repairs than to just replace the roofing entirely. It's a judgment call, but experienced contractors can give you the detailed information you need to make an informed decision on roof replacement.
To learn more on how to tell if it's time for roof replacement or for a free roofing quote, contact Sheegog Contracting today!