Some roofs will last for 50 years and longer. Some will need replacing after 15 years. What’s the difference between the two? The lifespan of the roof depends on a number of factors including the type of materials used, the quality of those materials, the installation process and workmanship, the weather elements, and the level of maintenance and care provided. Here we’ll dig a little deeper into the factors that make one roof last decades longer than another.
It’s no surprise that cheaper materials won’t last as long as higher quality ones. Take shingles for example. There’s a broad price range for shingles based on type, quality, and manufacturing. Basic asphalt shingles will typically last between 15 to 25 years. More premium types of asphalt, on the other hand, carry a heftier cost but last 30-plus years, saving you money in the long term. Wood is another example of a roof that costs more but lasts a long time because of the durability of the materials. Then there’s clay, slate and metal, which are more expensive than wood, but can last 50 years or more with the proper care.
Installation and Workmanship
The installation and workmanship of the roof will also impact its lifespan. If the roof is poorly installed, it can develop a number of issues that can cost you money in early repair and replacement fees. How can you ensure that you get a quality installation? Do your due diligence before hiring a roofing company. Many contractors advertise that they are professional roofers, but don’t have the experience or skills to back it up. When it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for, and unfortunately, thousands of people each year end up paying exorbitant fees for subpar workmanship. To ensure you get a roof that’s installed properly and will outlast the manufacturer’s warranty, you should only hire a professional roofing company with a solid reputation in the industry.
The weather elements can also wreak havoc on your roof, especially if the wrong materials are installed for your local climate. Certain roofing systems can crack and split as temperatures start to warm up, eventually causing leaks. Boiling temperatures can cause materials like shingles and wood shakes to blister and crack. So it’s important to hire a roofing company who knows which materials are best for your climate.
Maintenance and Care
To keep your roof in the best shape possible, a regular maintenance program is required. Having your roof inspected by a professional every year can help prevent small issues in the fall from turning into large costly ones come winter. Regular maintenance can also prolong the lifespan of the roof, keeping costs down and reducing the likelihood of emergency repairs.
Here in Ottawa, the city has its own unique weather system to contend with. To ensure you get a roof that can stand up to our cold winters and hot, humid summers, contact us at Top Hat Home Comfort. Our team has decades of experience installing roofs right here at home in Ottawa. We know what materials will last the longest in our climate and we have a variety of materials to choose from based on your personal preference and budget. We also can get you set up with a maintenance program that will keep your roof in tip top condition and extend its lifespan. Reach out for a free consultation today!