How long does a roof last?: Tips in making sure it will

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams ELITE Realty
roof cleaningWe cannot deny the fact that a building is nothing without the roof above it. The roof protects the home against harsh elements and keeps us warm and dry. Roof life depends on a number of factors: roofing material, slope, weather conditions, level of abuse and maintenance measures. Industry standards expected a well-maintained roof to serve up to 25 years. Anything that is not appropriate for roofing: less-steep slope, no coating, dark shingles, wrong exposure (north or south face) will cut down its lifespan in half. Whether it is made of metal, concrete or  ceramic, so much is expected from the roof to last longer. There for you must also take care of your roof to make sure it lives up to your expectations.

The best way to maintain the roof is to commit a regular cleaning schedule. It should be inspected and cleaned at least twice a year, once in spring and once in fall. This will make sure that the roof is in top shape for the harsh months of rain and winter. Once up the roof, check for the following items.

1. Damaged tiles, balding shingles or loose flashings.
2. Rot or mold growth underneath.
3. Cracks, holes and other damages.
4. Fallen leaves, trees branches, debris and dead animals (small birds or rodents).
5. Bubbles, damage on roof coating or waterproofing paint.

Since the roof catches all the water and moisture, make sure that the drainage and gutters are also free of debris or leaves. This will prevent any water clogging that will cause the roof to rot.  Trim any tree branches near the roof to as to prevent it from hitting the roof, causing damage. Repair and reinforce your roof while there is good weather, re-shingle or repaint when needed. More times, leaking can cause serious damage to your stuff such as electrical appliances, so better act right away. It is much safer for you to fix the roof while you can, rather than get up the roof during heavy rains or snow. You can ensure the longevity of you roofing system as long as you do proper care of your roof.
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The Josh Bath Team

Keller Williams Elite Realty


Comments (4)

Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Great post, Josh on one of the most expensive home repairs there are!

Oct 26, 2011 04:36 PM
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Josh, Thanks for the informative post on roof maintenance, it is quite helpful. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 26, 2011 04:54 PM
Will Handley
Progressive Inspection Service - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Certified Master Inspection Services

A water tight roof is job #1 to be sure.  Throw ventilation into the mix when it comes to proper roof performance.  Inadequate attic ventilation is a sure way to reduce the life span of several composite and or rolled roofing surfaces.

Oct 26, 2011 05:43 PM
Charles Walk

Great post with very useful information. This also supports the importance of having a thorough home inspection before a home purchase... thanks.

Oct 26, 2011 05:57 PM