Replacing your roof may seem out of budget or at the back of your mind, but most homeowners have to deal with investing in a new roof at least once in their life. Why not know everything you can about your roof and the factors that lengthen and shorten its lifespan?
Here at Blue Fox Roofing, we know what an investment a new roof is. That’s why we believe in informing all of our customers of the factors that are affecting their roofs’ life spans every day. Some things you can control, and others you can’t, but it doesn’t hurt to be in the know about your roof’s health.
1. Roofing Material
The type of shingles or roof you have installed is one of the biggest determinants of how long the roof will last. Asphalt shingles are by far the most affordable option, but they have an average lifespan of 20-25 years. Other materials like metal might last upwards of 50 years! If you are choosing a material for your new roof, make sure your roofing contractor goes over all of your options before you agree. You may decide to invest more money to gain a longer lifespan.
Another extremely important part of your roof installation should be a heavy- duty underlayment. This layer keeps moisture from accessing your roof and causing premature deterioration to occur. If your underlayment was installed correctly, you can expect your roof to stay in good condition.
2. Attic Ventilation & Insulation
Your roof and your attic work together all year long to keep the desired air inside your home and keep the undesirable temperatures out. In the summer, proper ventilation — like fans and vents — can ensure that the heat absorbed by the shingles on your roof gets circulated out. If your shingles can be prevented from heating up, they will last longer. Plus, attic insulation makes ice dams on your roof less likely.
3. Roofing Aesthetics
You may choose the color of your roof to match your home best, but your roof’s color can also be a big factor in how long it lasts. For example, dark colors absorb more heat than light colors. This means that more heat will build up during warm seasons and put your roof at risk for blistering and cracking.
The slope of your roof is also important to its health. Roofs that are pitched lower take longer to shed water after it rains and are more likely to incur damage. Steeper pitches allow water to flow more quickly from their surfaces.
One thing we are familiar with here in North Carolina is the threat of severe storms. We may be able to change the weather patterns and climate where we live, but we can be more aware of the risks they pose to our roofs. Severe weather is far more likely to wear down, damage and age your roof faster — especially if it’s not maintained!
Lengthen Your Roof’s Lifespan With Expert Services
Our Blue Fox family wants your roof to protect and serve your home for as long as it can. That’s why we recommend yearly roof inspections and post-storm roof evaluations. Keeping your roof healthy is an important part of being a homeowner, but with our team on your side, it’s never been easier. If you’d like more information on the health of your roof or best roof maintenance practices, contact us today!