Your home’s roof is crucial to the integrity of your home and its value, not to mention the safety of your family. The thought of it failing can cause anxiety, especially considering that a roof represents a significant investment. It’s certainly not something you want to do prematurely, yet something you can’t let go too long, either. By understanding how long a roof should last you can plan ahead, either for your current roof or the new one you may be considering. Take a few minutes to review these key considerations.
Is It Really Time to Replace My Roof?
A leaky roof is a red flag, but other signs may not be as easy to see. Some things you may notice when it’s time for a roof replacement include: Broken shingles or pieces of shingle in your guttersIncreasing energy costs or a home that never seems to be the right temperature Slumped or bowed roofPlant growth on top of the roof Water damage in your home
Have your roof inspected yearly to watch for any of these signs. If your home has been suffering from any of the above, it’s likely time to call a roofing company. Depending on the severity of these symptoms, a new roof may be in order rather than a patch.
Another important time to consider the shape of your roof is when you’re preparing to sell your home. A new roof can add close to $12,000 to your home value. On the flip side, potential buyers may simply walk away at the sight of broken shingles or other signs of excessive age.
How Long Should a Roof Last?
The longevity of your roof depends on a few things, but most important is the material you choose. Each type of roof has a different lifespan:
Asphalt shingles tend to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years in Florida. Florida’s intense summer storms and high heat lead to wear and tear on the structure. Reputable roofing companies will also offer a warranty on your roof, in the event something happens before this time span is over.
Metal roofs tend to be a more expensive than other options but have a long lifespan –30 to 50 years—and require few repairs. These roofs are built to last. They are also more energy efficient, which adds to their lifetime value.
Clay tiles tend to fare well in Florida’s warm climate. The average life expectancy on these roofs is 40 years, but with proper care they can last up to 75. Clay tile handles wind and rain well, but strong hurricanes can cause damage. Most can withstand wind speeds of up to 150 MPH, the strength of a category 5 hurricane.
Flat roofs are often most popular for commercial roofing projects; however some homeowners choose them as well. When properly installed, flat roofs can last up to 25 years. Flat roofs can be made from different materials like PVC, EPDM, TPO and modified bitumen. The type of material can affect how long your flat roof lasts.
Each type of roof has its own set of unique benefits, and its lifespan is not the only thing to consider. Keep in mind the repairs that may be needed and what warranties are offered for your potential roof as well.
Make the right decision for the long-term value and safety of your home. Contact the experts at Westfall Roofing
today for answers to your roof replacement questions. We’ll work with you to find the perfect material for your home.