Many people assume that roofs last forever, and give them little consideration when renovating or maintaining a property. It’s wise to survey the state of your roof every two years, as acting fast on any repairs or signs of damage, can save you huge amounts of time and money in the long run. However, choose the wrong contractor, or the wrong roofing materials, and you may need to replace your roof before you know it.
It’s not quite as simple as choosing the right products though, as several factors will influence the longevity of roofing materials. Number one being the weather, and number two – how it’s installed.
Think about it, your roof is the most exposed surface of a building, closest to the sun, susceptible to the wind, standing tall against the skyline. Ever wondered why postcards of Mediterranean shores feature little white houses with flat roofs? That’s because warm climates such as Greece, don’t need to worry about shedding snow or heavy rainfall. Flat roof membranes will in fact reflect up to 90 percent of the suns heat away from the roof.
Used to freezing cold Winters? Slate tile roofs can withstand frozen ice patches, and have a lifespan of around a decade. Metal roof panels, which can insulate your home, will last between 10 and 50 years and usually come with a good manufacturers warranty. Fiberglass asphalt shingles, although cheaper, will start to deteriorate between around 8-12 years, however super shingles can last much longer, offering four times more protection and energy efficiency. Terracotta tiles, popular down in the Southwest, are kiln fired, and thus highly weather resistant, offering a lifespan of 50 years plus.
Even if you’ve done your research and considered your local climate before purchasing roof materials, it’s worth remembering that poor installation can lead to issues affecting the lifespan of your roof. So call Premium Construction today for an honest opinion on your property’s outlook.