Property owners sometimes come into thinking the longevity of their roof. The roof is an integral part of a building and the first line of defense against harsh environmental catastrophes. Keeping your roof in good condition is ensuring your safety and peace of mind even in inclement weather.
The age of your property speaks for the age of the roof. However, there are certain factors that the roof may not last as long as the other parts of the house, depending on how it is constructed and the materials you chose.
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Generally, the roof stands for 20 years and more. But there might be signs that your roof is ageing and it needs replacement if repair is far too much to save it.
What are the signs that your roof needs to be replaced?
Have you ever tried going up the roof yourself and check its condition? If not, we don’t encourage you to climb the roof as it is a dangerous move. There are other ways to check for signs of damage on your roof, and it does not have to be a risky take. Sometimes, during the day, you can spot for missing tiles when you stand quite afar leveled on the street. If you have a ladder, it is easier to spot those roof failures by using a torch.
These are the signs of your deteriorating roof:
- Missing tiles/broken tiles
- Bent or sagged portion of the roof
- Rotten wood due to moulds and moisture
- Broken gutter
- Rotten soffit
- Misaligned fascia
It is okay to worry when you see any of these signs because, at this point, it is no doubt that your roof has too much damaged and needs replacement. It also helps to get more information and have a firm grasp on roofing materials and how these materials affect the roof’s longevity.
In case you are buying a new home, knowing the age of the roof will prepare you for better days ahead or the other way around. It is beneficial, while not your an expert on this field, learning what and how to make your roof last will be highly helpful for the rest of your life if you opt to stay in that purchased home. The essence of being informed will give you security, peace of mind, convenience, and huge savings—not having to worry for frequent repairs. On the other hand, assuming your house has been there since you were born, it absolutely needs maintenance or replacement.
Factors that affect a roof’s age
Type of roofing material
Do you know that the oldest homes use slate tile materials on their roofs? Slate tiles can be traced back to the 12th century among European structures. They are regarded for their exquisite and elegant beauty and durability. Slate roofs can last for a hundred years and more. Most churches and historical structures used slate roof tiles because they are extremely fire resistant. The downside of using a slate roof is the price and weight. Your home needs evaluation before installing a slate roof based on its capacity to withstand the pressure.
Today, since slate tiles are not the practical option, composite slates were invented to come up with synthetic slates, which are cheaper and lighter but with the same elegance and aesthetic appeal.
Typically roofs age range from 20 to 100 years. Let’s have a purview of the different roof materials and their lifespan.
- Cedar—approximately 20 years
- Concrete—100 years
- Composite—20+ years
- Asphalt—15 to 30 years
- Metal—50 to 75 years
- Rubber—30 to 50 years
Other things to consider
Surface issues on the roof do not mean a re-roofing venture. These slight damages can be fixed than having to pay for the entire roof. Further, the age of the roof is affected by the way it is installed. Poor workmanship of novice roofers will only make things worse and will leave you penniless for endless repairs.
The mistakes in the installation are reversible but cost a lot of stakes; misaligned gutters and fascias, poor chimney caulking, incomplete tools and equipment to carry out the task, and hasty work duration can cause significant damage in ventilation and impractical choice of roofing materials.
If you feel your roof frequently needs replacement, always look for reliable builders. Roof experts from Roofers Bristol work with 100% professional craftsmanship. Don’t wait long, ask our staff, and all your queries will be answered promptly.