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How Many Years Will Your Roof Last?

Most homeowners would be happy if they never had to replace their roofs. This is understandable because roofs are expensive to buy and install. Additionally, the installation process can be quite long, leaving your home exposed to the elements.

Unfortunately, no roof lasts forever, and even the roof you currently have will eventually need replacing. When it's time to replace your roof, one of the factors you'll need to think about is how long the new roof will be likely to serve you.

The Lifespans of Typical Roofs

How long your roof will last will largely depend on the materials it's made from. The typical lifespan of commonly used roof types is as follows:

  • Asphalt and composite shingles: This is the roof you'll find in most homes in the United States. These will typically last for around 20 years. However, there are premium brands that can last for 50 years.    

  • Fiber cement: You can get around 25 years of service from this type of roof.

  • Architectural asphalt: This is thicker than fiber cement and can give you 30 years of service.  

  • Cedar shake: This type of roof can also give you 30 years.    

  • Metal roofs: Metal roofs are among the hardiest. These will last for around 40 to 80 years depending on the quality and other factors.    

  • Slate and tile: These are the most durable option you might go for. There are houses with slate and tile roofs that are older than a century.     

Factors that Reduce the Lifespan of Your Roof

All roofs have a projected lifespan but many need to be replaced well short of this time. There are a number of factors that can contribute to this but weather is usually the main culprit. Strong winds and hail can damage many different types of roof. Winds can even send branches flying into the roof or pull out satellite dishes. Snow and ice can result in cracking and UV from the sun will damage certain materials over time.

Getting a well-designed truss roof can help your roof withstand inclement weather. A truss is a roof component that can handle either tension or compression forces, locking into the roofing materials to help absorb these forces. A truss roof specialist will set up a roofing scheme that minimizes the forces your roofing surface needs to handle on its own.

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof

One of the most important things you can do to preserve your roof is maintenance. Bring in a roofing contractor regularly to check on the state of your roof and fix any developing problem. Another thing you can do to help your roof is ensuring proper installation is done. Many roofs are compromised from the very first day, making it easy for damage to occur.

Contact a business like Campbell Truss Company Inc to learn more.