When you live in the northern region of the Midwest, you know that the weather conditions change greatly throughout the year. The changes in weather have a significant impact on your home, dictating how much time you spend inside, the cost of your energy bills, and your home maintenance needs.
While many roofs in this climate are expected to last 25+ years without major issues, your roof can sustain damage or otherwise stop providing the exterior protection you need at any time.
Ultimately how long your roof lasts and when you will need to replace or repair your roof will depend on several factors.
- How your roof was installed
- The quality of the materials
- Roof maintenance (or lack thereof)
- Having a newly built home
- The environment
Look at these factors to determine when you should call an Ann Arbor roofing company for an inspection and to discuss roofing repairs or replacement.
How your roof was installed
The installation of a roof is a big deal. Roofing should be done by professionals who understand the mechanics of proper roofing and adhere to all necessary safety procedures to make sure your installation is done correctly. If your current roof was installed a very long time ago, it may contain structure components and materials that are no longer in use and in need of updating.
You want your new roof installed with care and expertise to ensure you have the correct insulation, underlayment, and shingles crafted and tailored for your home. The best way to get expert results is to go with professional roofers who can handle the project from start to finish.
Quality of installation materials
Durable roofing requires skill, proper installation, and quality materials. If your original roof was done with cheap or low-quality materials, you will need to have your roof replaced much earlier than normal because the shingles, flashing, and other components weren’t made to withstand the elements of the Midwestern climate.
Mr. Roof uses high-quality materials on our roofing projects to deliver lasting results without costing our customers a fortune on services.
Roof maintenance or lack thereof
Regular roof maintenance is crucial to helping spot problem areas before they become costly repairs or replacements. When you inspect your roof on a regular basis, you can see if there is damage from Mother Nature or Father Time present and have those issues addressed quickly.
Failing to check your roof for potential problems can lead to leaks, electrical damage, increases in your energy bills, and the growth of harmful mold and mildew. These issues can be costly to fix if you neglect to keep your roof properly maintained. If you are unable to inspect your roof yourself, please contact professionals to come out and assess any suspected damage.
Having a newly built home
Newer model homes are subject to more foundation settling than older homes. In newer homes, the ground below is still adjusting to the weight of the building and can shift slightly, compromising the stability of the roof. If you live in a new home with a new roof, that roof may need replacing faster than someone living in an older home that has already settled into the foundation.
Your roof serves to cover the inside of your home, withstand the elements and keep you and your family safe and secure, but over time even the most durable roofs have issues due to environmental damage. Years of intense heat, freezing cold weather, strong winds, and heavy storms wear on your roof and lead to big repairs.
Make it a habit to inspect your roof several times a year to check for signs of weather damage and to catch potential problems early. Keeping branches trimmed to prevent them and their leaves from accumulating on the roof is a great way to protect against damage. Lastly, you want to address clogs or breaks in drains to avoid water buildup that can lead to leaks and erosion.
Mr. Roof services homes and businesses in Ann Arbor, Michigan
The above-mentioned factors are the greatest determinants of when you’ll need to have your roof replaced. If your roof is professionally installed with high-quality materials and well maintained, it should stand for years to come.
If you live in the Ann Arbor area and need roofing services, Mr. Roof has a proven record of top-tier home improvement services throughout the Midwest. Whether your roof has collapsed or shows signs of weather damage, you can count on our team to quickly assess the issue and provide you with a free estimate for a roof replacement.
Contact us today so that we can discuss your options to replace your old roof with one that will protect your home and your family.