The roof of your home is one of the most important features it has. The right roofing is attractive, helps insulate your home, and keeps water from seeping in. It also helps keep pests out and prevents damage from severe weather. However, because a roof is “out of sight,” it’s often “out of mind” as well. In other words, you may not think about it until there are problems. Fortunately, with proper maintenance, your roof can last you many years. A little bit of attention goes a long way!
How long does a shingle roof last, and what can you do to extend that lifetime? Here are some tips.
How Long Does a Roof Last?
From brand-new, the usual asphalt shingle roof will last 15 to 25 years before needing to be replaced entirely. However, there can be damage — from minor to major — anytime along that span. Also, there are a lot of different types of shingles. Each system has it’s own estimated lifespan. Three-tab asphalt shingles are the least expensive but aren’t well-suited for many climates. They can last up to 20 years. Architectural shingles are more durable and last up to 25 years. Premium shingles are thicker and will last up to 30 years.
The weather and climate in your area have a significant impact on the life of your roof. If you get frequent high-wind storms, significant swings in temperature, or strong direct sunlight, shingles will sustain damage and won’t last as long. Of course, another critical factor is how well the roof was installed. If the job wasn’t done well, the roof might fail early.
How Old is Your Roof?
When you buy a home, one of the first things you want to ask is, “How old is the roof?” Not only will this help you determine if replacement or repair is likely to be required, but the insurance company and others will want to know as well. No matter how old it is, you’ll also need to inspect it for damage. Take a look when you first buy your home, and then at least once a year after that. Storms, severe weather events, pests, and even tree branches can damage roof shingles and reduce their lifespan. The quicker you notice and repair them, the longer your roof will last overall.
Common Roof Maintenance
What can you do to extend your roof lifespan? There are several ways to keep your shingles clean and free of damage. Regularly clear debris from your rooftop and gutters, including twigs, branches, and leaves. If you use a leaf blower on the roof, blow in the direction of the shingles, so you don’t cause them to peel upward. Then, trim vegetation and trees that overhang the roof. It’s important that shingles are not exposed to scratches or damage if a tree is whipped by heavy wind. Clear gutters twice a year, and make sure the downspouts carry water down away from the roof. Finally, take a look at the shingles themselves. Look for cracks, curls, or missing shingles. Also, check for problems with ventilation. The good news is that a professional roofing contractor can repair or replace individual damaged shingles without replacing the entire roof.
Contact a Professional for Roof Repair
At Superior Roofing, we’re committed to helping your roof last a long time. We want you to get the full benefit of its lifespan. That’s why we’re available for inspection and repair throughout the year. If you have an old roof or simply need replacement, we can help with that as well.
For estimates or to make an appointment, contact us today!