Roofing is a big job, so you want your roof to last for a while after you have it redone. Thankfully roofs do last quite some time, but it depends on the materials used and the quality of the installation. Here is what you need to know.
When you hire professional roofers, you can ask them about the various roofing material options and which one would be best suited to your needs. Different roofs have different costs, upkeep and lifespans.
Shingle roofing is one of the most common roofing techniques. Asphalt shingles can last up to 20 years depending on how well they were installed. Metal roofing is also a common choice, and these types of roofs can last between 40 and 80 years. Other popular options include clay or concrete which can last more than 100 years and slate which is estimated to last between 60 and 150 years. Wood is another popular roofing material that lasts about 30 years.
While asphalt shingles are more straightforward, wood, clay and concrete roofs vary a bit more since their lifespan depends on how well they were installed and how well you maintain them.
No matter what type of roof you choose, weather plays a big role in its degradation. It’s not just bad weather that can damage your roof, either. There are some roofing materials that swell when exposed to high heat, which can cause damage both immediately and when the materials begin to shrink back down to their regular size.
Rain is also a hazard for roofs because you might not even notice you have a leak in your attic until it’s too late. The problem is, your roof will sustain more damage the longer you let the leak progress. Regular roofing inspections and leak checks in the attic can help prevent this.
Of course, wind is also dangerous. Strong winds can shift parts of your roof and cause structural problems or leaks, even if the roof stays mostly intact.
A Helping Hand
Whether you’re considering installing a new roof for your O’Fallon, IL, home or looking for ways to prolong the life of yours, the professionals at Square One Contractors can help. We provide remodeling, roofing, siding, gutters, and storm damage repair. No matter what you need done on your home, Square One is here to help.