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Nov 01, 2017Inspection ServicesBy support

Tips for Making Your Roof Last Longer

Your roof is among your home’s most important parts and you want to make sure that you’re keeping it in the best shape possible. There are a lot of different types of roofing materials when it comes to choosing a roof for your home, and each of them have their advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to how long the roof is going to last, some options will be better than other options. But taking into consideration, required maintenances, price, installation, and looks, you’ll be able to choose the right roof for your home.

Asphalt Roofs

Asphalt is the material that is most commonly used. It has drawbacks and benefits, which many people know about. Because it’s a lot less expensive when compared with other types of roofing material, most people know that its lifespan is going to be shorter. Based on the shingle’s quality, you should expect that this type of roof is going to last for anywhere from 15-20 years. Asphalt is pretty low-maintenance but you can’t forget completely about it.

Just like any other material, your asphalt roof won’t be completely free of maintenance. It’s very simple to use and the majority of areas have lots of professionals who have lots of experience with it. You can lengthen its lifespan, you just have to have it inspected regularly and do some minor maintenance to have a great roof that could last up to 30 years.

Metal Roofs

If you have a picture in your mind of a metal roof, chances are you’re thinking of something you’ll find on a barn that is 100 years old rather than one of the modern houses. But metal roofs have come a really long way and the models you find today are some of the most durable and soundest roofs that you are going to find. Whether it’s a panel or shine metal roof, they’re very low maintenance, and even though they’ll usually have a warranty of 20-40 years, a lot of them will last longer.

You don’t have to worry about a lot when you want to extend your metal roof’s life, but there are things that you can do to help its longevity when it’s been installed. Even though metal roofing items that are costlier could seem like unnecessary expenses at first, often times they are going to pay for themselves as time goes by. When you purchase a metal roof that is the highest quality possible and having a professional install it, you are going to make an investment which could last your lifetime.

Wood Roofing

This is where you’ll really find maintenance is coming into play. Even though they are attractive and they’re great an insulating, wood roofs will be really prone to issues that other types of materials don’t have. If your home’s roof is made of wood, it’s going to require attention regularly if you’re looking for it to last for a long time.

Because moisture’s going to affect wood products significantly, no matter what type of wood it is (cedar, even though it’s natural resistant to insects and rots, it’s among the wood that’s preferred for a wooden roof, is not immune at all), it’s essential that you’re keeping your wooden roof dry as you can. This will mean that you have to keep the roof clean and making sure its underside is ventilated. Dirt, leaves and other kinds of debris collecting on your wooden roof will retain moisture, so they need to be removed quickly.

Even though ventilation’s something that you should consider when the roof’s being installed, having the right amount of ventilation in your attic is may play a big part in reducing the amount of moisture building up under your shingles as well. Sometimes, putting chemical treatments on your wooden roof can help with extending the roof’s life, but it’s better to get some wood that has been pretreated before being installed so that you’re assured of complete coverage. You can also use sealant to so that problem areas are touched up, but for the most part you shouldn’t expect a roof made of wood to last over 20-30 years.

Tile & Slate Roofing

These two types of roofing are known by a lot of people. The roofing made of tile is very popular in the west and south, and it’s very durable. Based on the tile’s quality, these types of roofs are able to last 50 years or more and not require any major type of upkeep. There are some types of tiles that are more durable when compared with others and particularly when you live somewhere that is cold for part of the year, it’s better that you’re really careful when you’re purchasing your tiles. Roofing made of slate isn’t very common and it’s not inexpensive. But when you choose a roof that is made of high-quality slate, it’s able to last up to 100 years! You don’t really have to worry about extending these roofs’ lifespan after they’ve been installed, but for peak longevity and performance, you want material of the highest quality.

Roof Inspections

Something that can play a really big role in the price of required maintenance and its longevity is getting your roof inspected. Sometimes even really good roofs sometimes can be breached. Traumatic events such as heavy storms can wreak havoc, and a lot of times someone who doesn’t know what they are looking for isn’t going to notice the damage because they don’t have the training. When you have your roof regularly inspected, small problems will be identified before becoming huge ones. This is going to mean lower bills for maintenance and a roof that will last you longer.

When you are choosing your type of roof think about the pros and cons of the different types and your budget, along with the type of climate in which you live. Then you can make a good decision based on this information and feel confident in the choice you have made. A good roof can last your house and family for many years.

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