If you’re preparing to spend money on a new roof, it’s helpful to know how long it will last. With proper care and maintenance, your asphalt shingles can last up to 30 years. If you decide to go with other roofing materials, your roof may last between 10 and 200 years. Skilled installation is one of the most important factors when it comes to maintaining the condition of your roof. That’s why it’s important to choose experienced, licensed, and insured local roofing contractors to build or repair your roof.
Here is an estimate of how long each type of roof will last:
- Wood shingles or shakes: 20-40 years
- Asphalt shingles: 15-30 years
- Metal roofing: 40-70 years
- Clay/concrete tiles: 50-100 years
- Slate: 75-200 years
Reach out to the team at Ace Construction & Remodeling, Inc. to get a better idea of the right roofing material for your home.
Tips on Expanding the Lifespan of Your Roof
With a little tender loving care, you can extend the life of your roof to last for many decades. Getting the roof inspected, cleaning your gutters regularly, and trimming back tree branches are just three ways you can increase the longevity of your roofing materials.
Here are a few tips to help you keep a solid roof above your head:
- Clean your gutters. Leaves, dirt, branches, and other debris collect in your gutters. If you have water overflowing down the side of your gutters, it’s definitely time to schedule an inspection. Our team can quickly repair or replace your gutters and downspouts.
- Inspect your roof regularly. Getting your roof inspected every year or two can help you find and fix minor problems before they become major issues. Our roofers can look for structural issues, water leaks, and shingle damage, and provide you with a reasonable estimate, helping you avoid costly future repairs.
- Trim the tree branches. Tree branches can damage your siding and roof. They also make it easier for rodents and other pests to access your home. It’s important to trim back the branches to prevent leaks and home invasions by unwanted critters.
- Add more insulation. Add insulation to protect your roof by regulating attic temperature. This prevents the buildup of warm air which can negatively impact your shingles. Just be careful not to cover the vents that provide airflow to your attic.
- Clean your roof. To prevent moss and algae from growing on your roof and damaging your shingles, clean the surface regularly. Instead of getting out the pressure washer, use a gentle brush and detergent to clean your shingles or tiles.
How often should you replace your roof? Unfortunately, there’s no straightforward answer to that question. However, we can do a careful inspection and help you determine whether you should buy a new roof or fix the old one.
ACE Construction & Remodeling, Inc. specializes in roof installations, repairs, and replacement. Contact us today for more advice on how to extend the life of your roof.