Want your roof to last for as long as possible? Here are some of the factors that affect the lifespan of your roof.
We often take for granted having a roof over our heads, but no roof is built to last forever (at least not with our current resources). However, not all roofs last the same amount of time in the same conditions, either. There are several factors that impact the lifespan of your roof. When you know what those factors are, you can do your best to keep it in good shape for as long as possible. Here are a few factors that impact the lifespan of your roof:
First of all, not all roofing materials have the same lifespan. Asphalt shingle roofs, by and large the most common types of roofs, are affordable but need to be replaced every 20 years or so. Metal roofs can last as long as 100 years, perhaps even longer, though they are more expensive upfront. Clay roofs have a comparable lifespan to metal roofs, although they can crack and become rather expensive to replace. The more durable the materials are, the longer they’re likely to last. More durable materials will be an investment upfront, though they might save you more money in the long run.
Of course, your climate will have an impact on the lifespan of your roof, as well. Roofs in the Midwest or coastal regions will need to be able to stand up to strong winds and heavy storms. Roofs in the south need to be able to hold up against intense sunlight and heat. Roofs in northern regions will have to be prepared for things like heavy snow or ice dams. In Florida, you need a roof that resists fading and rotting, given the intense heat and humidity common to this climate.
Think the color of your roof is merely an aesthetic choice? Think again. The color of your roof can impact how long it lasts much like the materials and climate can affect the lifespan of your roof. Dark colors absorb heat, and are best for cooler regions. In hotter parts of the country, dark colored roofs may lead to problems like fading, materials breaking down, or roof rot. Lighter or brighter colors tend to reflect heat, especially with metal roofs. This will keep heat from seeping in and damaging the materials of your roof.
Want to learn more about how to extend the lifespan of your roof? Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information or a free estimate.