How Long Does a Roof Last?

Have you ever wondered how long your roof will be able to protect your home? Or maybe what you could do to protect your investment of your roof? More often than not, the type of roof is what has the greatest impact on the roofs life expectancy. There are many factors that impact a roof’s lifespan.


The materials used on your roof and their durability are large factors that can impact the lifespan of a roof. In many cases, cost and longevity are directly correlated.


No matter the type of materials you decide to use on your home, there are low and high quality versions of each material. Low quality roofing materials typically lead to more repairs and lower life expectancy, so sometime it is best to spend a little more for a better product. Also hiring a reputable contractor, like H&H, that uses high quality materials will help you make the best decision to get the most out of your roof investment.


In some cases, the color of shingles you choose can affect your roof’s life. Especially in sunny climates, lighter materials are recommended, because dark products will absorb more heat from the sun. Overheated shingles are more likely to experience wear and tear, and it will make ventilating your roof more difficult. This is something a certified contractor can help assist you with! 


The climate and exposure to your roof are large factors that impact a roof’s lifespan. The North East’s drastic and irregular temperatures along with winter storms threaten your roof’s life. So choosing a more durable product option is important. Temperatures going from hot to cold, like we experience in the spring and fall, can cause splits and cracks in shingles. Don’t forget to pay attention to the trees near your roof – check that the branches are not rubbing away at the shingles, and be sure to dispose of any leaves or debris in the gutters.


Performing routine maintenance will also help extend the average lifespan of your roof. Annual roof inspections help identify any warning signs you may need a new roof or a major repair, for this call H&H. Our roofing contractors recommend getting regular evaluations once per year and more often if you’ve experienced storm damage to your roof. Don’t forget to do your own visual inspections as well! 

HowLong Does a Roof Last?

The average lifespan of a roof usually ranges between 25 to 50 years. However, a roof’s life expectancy ultimately relies on the quality, durability and type of material used. Remember, the higher the investment for a roof, most likely the longer it will provide protection for your home.

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