When it comes to your home, there is a seemingly endless list of things to remember to take care of. Like mowing the lawn. And raking the leaves. And picking up groceries, and folding the laundry, and vacuuming and replacing the air filters, and cleaning the window screens, and…
Well. You get the idea. If your roof is at the end of its life, it is vital to replace it in a timely manner. But how long does a roof last, exactly?
The point is that you have a lot on your plate. It’s no wonder that roof maintenance often falls to the bottom of the list if it even makes it on the list at all. However, not paying attention to your roof means that your roof may be aging, and you don’t even know it. This can lead to:
- Water damage
- Ceiling stains
- Mold and mildew growth
- Structural issues
Today, we’ll be breaking down everything you need to know about the roof replacement process, including maintenance tips and expected longevity.
How Long Does a Roof Last?
So, how long DOES a roof last? The answer? It depends.
The roofing material that you choose for your home will have a large effect on the overall longevity of your roof. This is useful information to know, both because it can help you determine when your existing roof is at the end of your life and help you to make informed decisions about the roofing materials that you choose for your new roof.
Here are some common roofing materials and their expected lifespan.
Asphalt Shingle Roof
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common style of roofing material. This is likely due to their affordability and simple installation. That being said, they also have one of the shortest life expectancies on this list. Most asphalt shingle roofs will only last 15-20 years.
Basic, 3-tab shingles will last closer to 15 years, whereas architectural asphalt shingles tend to last a bit longer.
Cedar Shingle Roof
Wood shingles are a popular choice for homeowners looking for a charming, rustic look for their homes. A cedar shingle roof is a beautiful roof that can last for over 30 years! However, it is important to note that with a wood roof, longevity is inextricably linked to proper maintenance, as they are prone to rot and decay if left on their own.
You’re probably used to seeing metal roofs on commercial buildings. However, more and more homeowners are recognizing the benefits of metal roofs, including their extreme durability and long lifespan. A metal roof can last for over 50 years with very little maintenance required!
Clay Tile Roof
While you aren’t likely to see an abundance of clay tile roofs in Ohio, that doesn’t mean they aren’t an option for your roof replacement! Clay tiles can last for over 50 years! However, they don’t do well in environments that have severe weather, such as hail, as they don’t stand up to impact well. However, if you still choose them, just know that replacing individual tiles will be pricier.
If your biggest concern about your roof replacement is longevity, slate tiles are the perfect option for you! Slate roofing is often known as the “forever roof,” as it can last over 100 years!! While that may sound wonderful, you’ll be paying a hefty price for that long life. Additionally, as slate roofs are very heavy, your home may require extra reinforcements in order to safely bear the weight.
Synthetic roofing materials are a great option for homeowners who like the look of natural roofing materials but are worried about longevity and maintenance. You can get synthetic versions of everything from wood shingles to slate shingles, with a great life expectancy of 30-50 years.
Roof Repair Vs. Roof Replacement
Roof damage is a stressful thing to deal with, but it doesn’t always mean that you have to replace your full roof. Sometimes a roof repair will do. But what exactly is the difference between the two?
In general, roof repairs are solutions that are designed to extend the life of your roof. They can fix minor problems and are typically less expensive than a full replacement.
🧰 Roof Repairs Consist Of:
- Replacing some shingles
- Flashing repair
- Gutter replacements
- Patching leaks
Roof replacements, on the other hand, involve installing a whole new roofing system on your home. This can have varying levels of intensity, depending on the condition of your existing roof.
🔨 Roof Replacements Consist Of:
- Potentially installing a new roof deck
- Adding underlayment
- Adding an ice and water shield
- Installing new roof flashing
- Installing shingles or other roofing materials
It’s important to always consult with a trained roofing professional to understand the extent of the roof damage.
Signs You May Need a New Roof
Now that you understand the difference between a repair and a replacement, how do you know whether you need to contact your roofing contractor at all?
Luckily, there are some easy-to-spot signs of roof damage that can help alert you to larger problems.
- Age – The age of your roof is one of the best ways to determine whether or not it may be time for a roof replacement. The estimated life expectancy for your roof will vary depending on the material it is made from. If you are curious about how long your roof will last, keep reading!
- Shingle Loss – As your roof ages, it will become more and more susceptible to shingle loss. While the occasional lost shingle after a bout of severe weather is nothing to worry about, it is a good idea to take note if your shingles are falling off with regularity.
- Granule Loss – An asphalt roof will naturally lose granules over time. If you are finding an excessive amount of black grit in your gutters or around your house, it may be a sign that your shingles are on their way out.
- Roof Leaks – A leaky roof is anything but fun. But it is also a sign that water may be seeping through the layers of your roof. This means your roof is no longer watertight and may require replacement.
- Damaged Flashing – Roof flashing is a thin layer of metal that is applied around the vulnerable areas of your roof to protect against water damage. As it ages, it is normal for the flashing to corrode and rust. Still, this is cause for concern as it may allow water to enter your home.
How Much Will A Roof Replacement Cost?
Roof replacement costs are difficult to estimate, as the final cost can vary widely, depending on the size of your roof, the materials your choose, and the area that you live in. However, national averages have the overall cost of a roof falling somewhere between $8,500-$12,000.
Keep in mind that those numbers increase dramatically when you start looking at high-end materials such as slate, clay tiles, and metal.
Tips for Roof Maintenance
Want to keep your brand-new roof functional for years to come? Here are our ultimate roof maintenance tips!
- Get a Roof Inspection – There’s no better way to measure the health of your roof than with a roof inspection from a professional roofer. They are trained to be able to spot damage and problem areas and can help you come up with solutions. Early detection is key when it comes to preventing roof damage, and an annual roof inspection will do just that!
- Keep the Roof Clear – While a few leaves piling up on your roof may not look like much trouble, you may be surprised! Debris collecting on your roof can interrupt the natural flow of water, which keeps water from pooling and damaging your roof system. You’ll save yourself time and money when you regularly clean your roof!
- Don’t Forget the Gutters! – The same concept applies to your home’s gutters. Keeping the gutters clear of leaves, twigs, and other debris will ensure that water can be redirected away from your home.
- Trim Trees – Trees provide excellent shade, but falling tree branches can spell trouble for your roof. The impact can seriously damage your shingles and lead to expensive repairs. Regularly trimming the trees around your house will help protect your home.
Let Johnson Restoration Help!
Are you ready to start your roof replacement process? You deserve to work with the best of the best! The team at Johnson Restoration has the expertise and knowledge to help you find a roof that is designed to last. Through thorough inspections and assessments, we will help you find a roof that works with your budget, style, and vision. Contact us today for a free estimate!