What is Your Roof’s Life Expectancy?
Is your roof ready to bite the dust?
Manufacturers will tell you what the expected life of your roof should be, whether it’s 10 or 20 years or more. But even that is only an estimate of what it should be, these are estimates for ideal conditions.
If you’re getting a new roof, you should begin by hiring a reputable roofer, which will insure that your new roof is installed properly, and give it a clean bill of health right from the beginning.
Pre-mature aging of your roof
There are other factors that help determine if your roof will last as long as the manufacturer says it will or if it will wear out sooner.
- When the earth moves – If your home is relatively new, often the house will still need to do some settling, which can put stress on your roof. Earthquakes that make the ground shift can also cause this to happen.
- Outdoor elements – Extreme or extended harsh weather, such as extra hot, cold or windy seasons can damage your roofing system, as can prolonged exposure to chemicals and pollutants.
- Growth on the roof – Allowing moss and other vegetation to grow on your roof is damaging as the growth works its way between and under the shingles, causing them to lift and curl, which allows water to seep in, build up and cause leaking.
- Putting off repair – Small problems will turn into large problems if left unrepaired. Once damage has been discovered, fixing it right away could save time and money in the future.
A Failing Roof
Although all of the above situations will age your roof, probably the one thing that will cause your roof to fail prematurely is lack of maintenance.
What should you do?
- Next time you go outside, look up at your roof…that’s the first step in recognizing any problems that might be starting.
- Have trees that are growing too close to your home either trimmed back or removed. This will alleviate excess debris building up and will also reduce excess shade which encourages moss and mildew growth.
- Regularly inspect or have your roof inspected for problems.
- Once a problem is detected, have it remedied right away.
- Replace missing shingles
- Keep your gutters cleaned and in good repair.
- Check your attic where you may find leaks or critters.
- Keep your roof clear of limbs and branches.
You play an important part when it comes to the life of your roof…don’t neglect it.
As the Seattle area’s best roofing company, MasterCraft Roofing can repair and maintain your roof to give it the longest life possible.
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