How Long Should My Roof Last?

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Determining Your Roof’s Lifespan

Your roof is exposed to the elements 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Because of that, even the strongest roofing system will experience wear and tear over time, and every roofing system will eventually need to be replaced. But how do you determine the overall lifespan of your roofing system and when a roof replacement will be necessary? There are many different things you can keep in mind to help you determine the lifespan of your roof, taking into account factors such as the type of roof you have on your home along with the weather you have in your area, to name just a few.

Lifespans of Different Roofing Systems

The actual lifespan of any roofing system will vary depending on things such as the amount of damage it has received over time and the maintenance it has been given. However, the average lifespan of each type of roofing system can help you to determine how long you can expect your own roofing system to last. The lifespans of different roofing systems are, on average:

  • Asphalt Shingle Roofing: The actual lifespan of your shingle roof will vary based on details such as the type of roofing shingles you have, but in general, you can expect a shingle roof to have a lifespan of up to 20 years.
  • Tile Roofing: The durability of tile roofing helps it to last longer than other types of roofing systems. In general, roofing tiles have a lifespan that is generally upwards of 50 years.
  • Wood Shake Roofing: In addition to their beautiful appearance, wood shake roofs are popular because of their long lifespans. You can expect a wood shake roof to last for around 40 to 50 years.
  • Metal Roofing: The lifespan of a metal roof can vary greatly depending on details such as the type of roof you have and the type of metal used in your roof. However, it tends to last longer than many other types of roofing, with an average lifespan of around 40 to 70 years.

Knowing the lifespan of the type of roofing you have on your home can help you estimate how long it will last. However, because there are a number of factors that can change the lifespan of a roof, it is always important to have regular inspections. One of the many things that a roof inspection can help with is determining how much longer you can expect your own roof to last.

Extending the Lifespan of Your Roof

One of the many details homeowners should keep in mind is that they have the ability to prolong the life of their roofing system with regular roof maintenance services. As already mentioned, regular roof inspections are one of the best ways to keep your roof in shape. During an inspection, a roofing professional will be able to identify problems with your roof that need to be taken care of, helping to prevent far bigger problems from occurring. 

It is a good idea to have a roof inspection done on an annual basis. This will help your roofer identify any problems that may have come up over the past several months. Another good thing to bear in mind is the importance of having a roof inspection done if you have recently been through a major storm or if there is any evidence that you may have a problem with your roof such as a leak. This way, you can take care of those problems right away and prevent far bigger issues from arising.

Important Roof Maintenance Services

Along with roof inspections, there are many other things that you can do as a part of regular roof maintenance. One thing to remember is that in addition to professional inspection services, it is a good idea to conduct your own visual inspections of your home’s roof.

Even if you do not have the professional experience to conduct a full inspection, investigating your roof from the ground will give you the chance to reach out if there are any serious issues. Some of the most important things to watch out for with your roof include loose or missing roofing materials such as asphalt shingles. You can also watch out for obvious signs of damage to your roof, such as cracks or fractures in the roofing material.

Another important detail to watch out for with your roof is the growth of organic materials such as moss or mildew. In addition to being a potential health hazard, this organic growth can quickly lead to problems with your roofing system such as structural damage. 

Finally, it is always a good idea to have regular cleaning done to take care of the build-up of materials such as leaves or other debris. This includes gutter cleaning services as well as gutter repair if necessary, as problems with your gutters can lead to water intrusion on your roof and water damage overall. If you aren’t certain whether these types of services are necessary, a roofing professional will be able to identify what needs to be done to keep your roof in good condition.

Get Help With Your Roofing System

Whether you are just looking for a little help with maintenance for your home’s roof or you believe it may be time to schedule a roof replacement, our team can be there to provide you with the assistance you are seeking. We offer various types of roof maintenance including roof inspections and roof repair services to make sure your roof is in the best shape possible. 

Meanwhile, our roof replacement services are available for a wide variety of roofing systems including but not limited to asphalt shingle roofing, metal roofing, tile roofing, wood shake roofing, and much more. Just reach out to the OneSource Roofing and Restoration team and we can be there to lend a hand with any roofing services that you require to ensure your roof has the longest lifespan possible. We have the skill and the experience necessary to take care of virtually any roofing problem that you may be having, no matter how large or how small.