5 Factors That Affect Your Roof’s Longevity
5 Factors That Affect Your Roof’s Longevity


5 Factors That Affect Your Roof’s Longevity

Most asphalt roofing systems have a 20- to 30-year life expectancy, but there are several factors that affect how long your roof will survive. Understanding these factors could help you get a few more years out of your roof, or at least prevent premature roofing failure. Read on as we explain what these factors are:

5 Factors That Affect Your Roof’s Longevity

  1. Roof Pitch: The roof pitch describes how steeply sloped the roof is. It dictates the roofing materials that can be safely installed on the roof deck. Residential roofs tend to have steep-pitched roofs to effectively shed rainwater. A steep-pitched roof is more vulnerable to the wear and tear caused by high winds, so if you happen to be in an area that is in the path of strong winds, a roof with a gentle pitch may be more appropriate.

  1. Roofing Material: Longevity differs depending on the roofing material. Asphalt roofing is expected to last 20-30 years and can vary depending on the manufacturer. Metal roofs costs more, but typically lasts 50 years, while slate lasts even longer.

  1. Regular Maintenance: You can get the most out of your roof with professional maintenance and timely roof repair. The maintenance process helps you identify minor roofing issues promptly and repair them before they escalate. It’s important to hire a roofing contractor with the skills and training to conduct thorough scheduled maintenance.

  1. Local Weather and Climate: Your roof is constantly exposed to the weather. Certain roofing materials work better in certain climates than others. If you’re not sure what roofing material would work best in your climate, most manufacturer websites have an option to input your zip code, and the website will then give you a list of suitable materials.

  1. Attic ventilation: Proper attic ventilation prevents heat and moisture from building up in your attic and damaging your roof. Trapped heat and moisture leads to deterioration of the roof support structure and insulation. When looking for a new roof, make sure the roofing system includes the necessary ventilation accessories. The GAF Lifetime Roofing System provides excellent ventilation.

To learn more about our residential roofing services, call Universal Roofing and Exteriors today at (317) 257-0779 . You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve many areas in and near Carmel and Zionsville, IN.

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