What is the Life Expectancy of Your Roof?

If you have a roof that is expected to have a long life and it is not holding up, you should first have it inspected by a roofing expert to determine whether it was put on properly. This inspection will also be able to determine if the roofing product is prematurely failing due to manufacturing problems. This will let you rely on the product warranty.

Hunker.com reports asphalt tile roofs tend to last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Tab single roofs may only last 10 years, whereas premium shingles can last up to 30 years. Longer-lasting options like metal and clay are more expensive than asphalt tiles, but you can expect up to 50 years of life with metal options.

 

Will Your Roof Last That Long?

Two other big reasons why your roof might not last is the sunshine and the rainfall. As roofingandroofers.com points out, ultra-violet (UV) light has a real impact on the life of materials that are exposed to it. UV light strips the protective oils from the material. It cooks these products leaving them dried and brittle to any movement they encounter. Rainfall degrades products because of its soaking characteristics. If products are not able to dry off, their wet condition can have a devastating effect on them. Roofs are meant to shed water and not to be submerged in it. If your roof has areas that tend to create debris buildups and dams the water run-off, your roof will not hold up. Inspections to determine corrective actions can be of great assistance in this case.

Debris buildups and foliage growth that cause abrasion to the surfaces will both destroy the roofing material and accelerate the degradation. You should always keep your roof clean of debris buildups like pine needles and leaves if you want it to last. Tree branches can wear away the surface coatings and coverings that are extremely integral to the life of your roof itself.

In choosing the right roof and roofing material, you would be well served to drive around the area where you live and notice different roofs with different ages to find out how well they perform in your environment. If you have a roof that is supposed to have a long life and it is not holding up, contact the roofing experts at Garrett Construction and Roofing.  They are Hague certified roofing inspectors and will inspect your roof for FREE to determine whether it was put on properly. This inspection will also determine if the roofing product is prematurely failing due to manufacturing problems. This will let you rely on the product warranty.

 

Garrett Construction and Roofing.  Contact Knoxville’s Hague Certified Roofing Experts Today!