How Often Do I Need A Roof Replacement

Sooner or later, your house’s roof will end up needing to be replaced. The question is when and by whom. Often as not a roof’s possible lifespan is entirely unknown to the owner of the roof in question; in this article, we at 1OAK Roofing will do our best to clear this up, along with other roof-related confusion.

Factors

So what affects the lifespan of a roof? Multiple things, but one of the foremost is its materials. Generally, the cheaper your roof was to install, the lower its lifespan will be, and the more maintenance its shingles will need. Unsurprisingly, a more expensive roof will typically last longer and need less maintenance. Roofs can last anything from 20 years all the way to 75, depending on the roof.


The average lifespan of a roof differs by material and type.

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Roof Types And Their Lifespans

In ordinary conditions, asphalt shingles (one of the most popular roof types) should last about 15-20 years before they need to be replaced; some may last up to 30.

Metal is another common roofing choice. Energy-efficient and durable, metal roofing is unlikely to require replacement until 50 years in, at least. Depending on the metal, the roof may last for 100 years or more.

Next up we have tiled roofing of clay or cement. These two are quite sturdy; their extreme resilience contributes plenty to their longevity. They’re also decidedly heavyweight, meaning they’re installed on top of roofing reinforcement that is itself durable. Combined, this roof type ensures high protection for your home. Clay or cement tiling lasts from 50 to 100 years.

Roof Life Reducers

While the exact life expectancy depends on the individual roof, some things will shorten the life of any roof, no matter how resilient:

  • Storms. Major storms are probably the worst thing to happen to your roof.
  • Long UV Exposure. Prolonged exposure to UV rays and high heat will crack or otherwise damage your roof due to thermal shock.
  • Neglect. Failing to properly maintain your roof may not necessarily cause any problems of its own, but it will exacerbate already existing ones and pave the way for new ones.
  • Airflow. Insulation and ventilation problems with your roof may result in a quick buildup of rot.

Is My Roof Damaged?

If you think your roof is damaged enough to warrant a replacement, you can get it inspected. 

What to watch out for:

  • Damaged shingles (curling, cracking, or shingles that are outright broken all qualify).
  • Missing shingles (this includes missing shingle granules).

 

Quality is one of the largest factors in roof lifespan. At 1OAK Roofing, quality is foremost in mind.

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