What You Need to Know about Your Roof’s Lifespan

What You Need to Know about Your Roof’s Lifespan

Your choices are important to extending the lifespan of your roof.

The roof is one of the barriers in a house. It is important that the roof is chosen carefully. Choosing a cheap and poor quality roofing system is highly discouraged. It is best to invest in a good roof that could last for decades. Here are some details from a roofer about the roof’s lifespan.

How Long a Roof Should Normally Last?

Generally, the roof shingles should last for up to 30 years. Most manufacturers provide a 10 to 30 year warranty. However, the warranty does not include damaged roofs due to typhoon, hail storm, tornado, fire and other calamities. A roof that does not experience harsh weather could last for three decades.

How Bad Weather Can Shorten a Roof’s Lifespan?

A good quality roof can last for decades but bad weather can shorten its lifespan. A roof that should last for 20 to 30 years may need to be replaced after only 15 years if it usually deals with bad weather.

Bad weather can definitely shorten a roof’s lifespan to a great extent. For example, hail can remove the granulation and expose the asphalt. When this happens, the asphalt shingles become vulnerable to damages. Plus, it weakens the roof and makes it lighter than it used to be. Many homeowners would think that there is no roofing damage after a hail storm if there are no dents but the effects can be noticed when the roof starts to leak.

High temperatures can also shorten a roof’s lifespan. Heat can cause cracks on the roof. It may also damage the sealants that can lead to leak problems.

Too strong winds may also require you to replace your roof sooner than expected. Winds that exceed 50 miles per hour in speed can create a vacuum. The air pushes the roof from upward and causes the fasteners to loosen up. The result is a weaker roof that may be vulnerable even to moderate wind.

Bad weather may also cause moisture buildup. Moisture can significantly shorten the life of your roof whether it is made from asphalt shingles or metal.

What to Do with Your Roof?

If the roof is damaged and the warranty is still in effect then you should not have a problem. However, keep in mind that the warranty while it does cover bad weather will have a time period for filing a claim for damages caused by bad weather. Your option is to file a claim with your home insurance company and look for a reputable roofing contractor.

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Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor

Questions to ask a roofing contractor

When dealing with roofing you might want to consider these questions to ask a roofing contractor.

Replacing a roof is a big investment, and you want to be sure that you get what you pay for. When you’re looking for a roofing contractor, ask other homeowners in your neighborhood for recommendations. Narrow it down to three or four contractors, but before you make a final decision, ask them the following questions.

First, ask how they would go about the job. This will give you some insight into the process of this particular contractor. Different firms may work differently, and one isn’t necessarily better or worse than another. However, one method might fit better with your own line of thought. Find out how long the project is expected to take, and how soon they would be able to start.

Find out how long they’ve been in business. An established firm naturally has more experience and has built its reputation. Similarly, ask how much of their business comes from referrals and repeat clients. Ask if all workmen are employees, or if they use subcontractors. If both, find out which jobs are contracted out.

Make sure that all required licenses, bonding, and worker’s compensation and liability insurance are in place. Follow up by checking the license and registration numbers you are given with your local regulating body. Some contractors may have additional certification. These can be an indicator of a higher level of professionalism and experience, but aren’t a necessity.

Also ask what permits will be required. If you already know the answer to this question, use that knowledge to check against the answer you are given. It is important that all required permits be in place before work is begun, and you don’t want to find yourself in the position of having to face a zoning violation.

Obtain a list of three or more references which includes projects similar to yours.  A responsible firm will be happy to give you such a list. You might also ask for references from suppliers or subcontractors as well, which will give you an idea of the contractor’s business practices.

It’s a good idea to have a roof inspection, or at least to look at it critically on your own, both before and after work is done. You’ll want to see that the completed work has used new quality materials and that the flashing and sealant are flush and have no gaps.

Take the hiring of a roofing contractor seriously. The best firms will be open and forthcoming with answers to your questions. Avoid any firm which seems reluctant to share any information with you.

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