How Long Your Roof Will Last and Tips to Make it Last Longer

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The roof of your home is a very important feature that faces regular wear and tear. Though every roof will need to be replaced at some point, how long it will last depends on several factors: The materials used and how it is maintained.

Types of Materials Used

The most common materials used are asphalt, wood, slate, tile, steel, and foam. Asphalt shingles can last anywhere from 18 to 30 years and wood shakes could last 14 to 20 years. Slate, tile and steel can all typically last for 50 years or more. A foam roof will usually last for 10 to 15 years, though if certain coatings are applied, it could last up to 30 years. When you replace your roof, be sure to choose quality materials that will hold up well in your climate.

How to Increase the Lifespan of your Roof

There are several ways to make your roof last longer. You can inspect for wear and tear, take care of trees and regularly clean the roof.

Inspect Your Roof

One way to increase the lifespan of your roof is to inspect it annually. For climates with harsh winters, it is best to inspect the roof when winter is over. For hot climates, do this at the end of summer. It’s also a good idea to check your roof after heavy rain or hail storms. By regularly checking for any damage, you can keep your roof in great shape for longer.

Look for cracks or curled-up edges, particularly on asphalt shingles or wood shakes. Also be sure to look for any dips in the roof: This could be a sign of a leak. These problems are much easier to fix if they are caught early, so be sure to check your roof for any warning signs regularly.

Take Care of Trees

Depending on where you live, trees can either be good or bad for your roof. If you live in a wet or humid climate, trees that hang over a roof should be trimmed back. In wet climates, trees can prevent the roof from thoroughly drying, which increases the wear and tear it goes through. In a dry and sunny climate, on the other hand, trees can help prevent damage by providing shade for the roof. Whichever climate you live in, be sure that leaves are regularly removed from the roof, as these can trap moisture and lead to other problems.

Clean Your Roof

Cleaning your gutters is important for the lifespan of your roof. Clogged gutters are usually associated with causing problems for your siding or your basement, but it can affect your roof too. If the piles of leaves become too deep, water can get into the roof sheathing or rafters and begin to rot. Clean the gutters every fall and spring to prevent rot.

Some areas of the country, particularly the Northwest are especially prone to moss. Moss can trap water and be very damaging, so it is important to remove it. If it’s caught early, the moss can usually be swept off. If a lot of moss has accumulated, it may need to be killed first.

In areas with harsh winters, removing snow between storms is a wise idea. Snow becomes very heavy and under the right circumstances, could cause the roof to collapse. Removing the snow can also prevent leaks. If there are patches of ice that have bonded to the roof, don’t try to remove them, as this could cause more damage.

Your roof will eventually need to be replaced, but you can help keep this from happening too quickly. A longer lifespan depends on the materials that were used and how well you maintain the roof. With more durable materials and regularly cleaning and care, you can get the most out of your roof and your money.

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11 thoughts on “How Long Your Roof Will Last and Tips to Make it Last Longer

  1. Thanks for sharing Tips to Make it Last Longer. Here are few good tips which can help a roof to make last longer. I believe that we need to clean our roof almost daily for long life. Another thing is must use Rain Gutter
    , it can help to make roof last longer.

  2. Thanks for sharing, and another good roofing tip is that it can last a lot longer if you have a professional do the hard work. And you will just be in charge of the clean up, then it will last a pretty long time.

  3. Formidable advices. Truly agree with you that such ways you can take more care of your roofs and make them long-lasting. Inspection of your roofs at regular times is necessary.

  4. I can’t remember the last time that I got up on our roof. It has been at least two or three years. As soon as spring hits us I will go up there and check for damage.

  5. During a roof inspection, you can determine if there is a need to replace any missing or loose roofing nails that are likely to cause problems eventually. Furthermore,regular inspection enables you to check for loose shingles or damages on your roof. For this task, you may hire a professional roofer whom you can rely on for a thorough inspection or roof repair whenever necessary.

  6. I hadn’t thought of trees cutting down on the lifespan of your roof before. Unless you count having a branch go through your roof. I’ll have to start cleaning up there.

  7. Choosing materials for your roof that match the climate can make all the different. For instance I was looking at rubber roofing and thought that was a really great idea, but I wasn’t sure how they would’ve held up to the hot, dry air of where I used to live. I’m hoping to get new roofing pretty soon so I’ve definitely going to use these tips.
    -Seamus

  8. You mentioned that most common asphalt shingles have anywhere between 18 to 30 year life spans. I’ve come across some manufactures who state they have a “limited life-time warranty”; do you know what that means? I have a 26 squared, straight-gabled roof. There are no hips, valleys, and has a 5/12 pitch. It has 2 layers of 3-tab shingles that need to come off. I would like to have a new roof put on. I was thinking about going with a metal or slate roof because of the lifetime warranties. Are there any asphalt shingles that are comparable?

  9. I’m always looking for great marketing and Roofing related ideas and your article also very very good written and best for our understanding thanks for sharing with us.

  10. It was helpful to learn that an asphalt roof will typically last 18-30 years. My husband and I just moved and this roof is brand new. It’ll be nice to not have to have it replaced in the unforeseen future, but we’ll be sure to look out for any signs that it is deteriorating or needs repairs.

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