Posted on August 7, 2013
Roofs will not last forever over your home. One of the most common questions asked by people looking for a new roof is: “How long will it last?” The lifespan of a roof will depend on the materials used and the climate you live in. Extremes of climate, especially high winds, can reduce the longevity of your roof, but if you have a quality roof installed in the first place, you will be able to see the maximum amount of life from it.
The most common roofing materials will last for 20 years after installation. These include composite roofs and torchdown roofs. If you opt for wood shingles, you could see a 30- to 40-year lifespan for your roof. Your actual longevity depends on the climate, your roof’s design, and the climate. Knowing how long your roof will last will help you determine the average amount of money per year your roof costs you. For instance, you can take the installation cost of a new asphalt shingle roof and divide it by 20 to find out your annual cost.
What can you do to ensure that your roof lasts for years? First, get a quality installation from professional roofers who have experience and references, like Hayes Roofing. Secondly, schedule bi-annual inspections of your roof in the fall and spring to check for damage that may have been done in the summer or winter temperature and weather extremes to your roof. These inspections can spot small problems before they become larger issues that cause damage to the interior of your home.
Because weather is such an important factor in your roof’s longevity, you should check your roof for any signs of damage after a wind, hail, or heavy rainstorm. This is especially true with shingle roofs because the individual shingles may have been damaged, which can cause a domino effect and ruin the rest of the roof. Bent, torn, missing, or otherwise damaged shingles should be replaced as soon as possible, no matter what type of material they are made from – wood or composite.
When selecting a roof, be aware of the warranties offered for the materials. These warranties do matter over time because without an adequate warranty, you may find yourself paying more than you should if your roof needs to be replaced sooner than you thought. Hayes Roofing offers warranties from the manufacturers that last anywhere from 30 years to the lifetime of your home. The length of time of the warranty is based on the material and the manufacturer of the product. If you have any questions about these warranties, feel free to ask. It is better to know about a warranty before you need to make a claim on it rather than after something happens.
What is over your home should matter just as much as what you put inside your home. When it comes time for roofing work, you need to know who to call. To get your new roof, for repairs, or an inspection, feel free to contact us at Hayes Roofing at (425) 348-4145 or (425) 778-0935.