A roof over our heads provides us with a sense of security and shelter. For most of us, our home is the largest investment we will ever make. The best way to protect that investment and increase its value is to ensure that the roof is in good condition.
Your home is probably the largest investment you will ever make.
Your roof is vital to the longevity of your home, and yet most people have no idea how often they should replace their roof. The lifespan of your roof is dependent upon a few key factors that are under your control.
First, the biggest impact on the lifespan of your roof will be the material you choose. Generally, the cheaper your roof the shorter the lifespan and the more likely it will need maintenance. A more expensive roof will last you longer, and you won’t have to maintain it as often. On average your roof should last you between 20 and 50 years. You’ve already invested so much into your home, so don’t hesitate to invest in a good roof. Below are some different roof types, their estimated lifespans, and their relative cost.
Composite or asphalt shingles
The most common roofing materials are composite or asphalt shingles. They are aesthetically pleasing and they have the lowest upfront costs. These shingles are a great option to fit every budget. They have a shorter lifespan than some other options but they are by far the most affordable. Not only that, but these shingles have a wide range of options within this category, so even though the average lifespan is right around 20 years you can choose higher quality, more expensive shingles to extend the lifespan of your roof. If you are getting a new composite or asphalt shingle roof ask your roofer about all of your options.
Another very popular choice is metal roofing. Metal roofs are very modern and come in a wide variety of gorgeous colors. Not to mention, they are incredibly durable and energy efficient. A metal roof is more expensive than shingles, but it will last you over 50 years. A metal roof will require less maintenance, is good for the environment, and is so energy efficient you can actually save money on your energy bills. Ask your Mr. Roof location about their metal roofing options.
Some other options you could look into
Some other, less popular, roofing materials are wood shake/shingles and clay tiles. These options are all very unique and aesthetically pleasing. Wood shake/shingles will last you about 30 years and clay tiles can last up to 50 years. Both of these options tend to be more expensive and there are less roofing companies available to install these specific roofing materials.
Who installed your roof?
One major impact on the longevity of your roofing system is the quality of the install. Even if you pay for the very best materials a bad installation will fail over time. Make sure you are doing your research and choosing a reputable roofing company. Find out how long they have been in business. Look up reviews and testimonials. Ask your neighbors who installed their roofs and if they have had any issues. Check for warranties, reputable companies will have warranties on both the materials and the installation. Last, choose someone local. Local roofing companies will be invested in the community and dedicated to building lasting relationships with their customers. If you are looking for a local, reputable roofing company, find out what Mr. Roof can offer you.
Some damages you should keep an eye out for
Get the most out of your roof by maintaining it. Your roof should be inspected twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. You should periodically check for attic stains, mildew, leaking, curling, missing or bald shingles, broken tiles or any other kind of weather damage. If your neighbors are all getting their roofs replaced there is a good chance yours needs it too.
Why you should get your roof replaced
The roofing industry has grown and developed to provide you with better more technologically advanced roofing options. Mr. Roof has been doing business for over 50 years and we have invested in durable roofing solutions that will last. We have over 250,000 satisfied customers to vouch for our quality and we are so confident we will offer a lifetime warranty on our products and services. If you are looking for a local roofing contractor you can trust, choose Mr. Roof. Call today for a free estimate and we will give you a detailed report of the damages and what it will cost to fix them. We work with your insurance company and we offer easy financing. Get the job done right the first time with Mr. Roof.