How long does a roof last? And more importantly, how do you make your roof last longer? These questions are important in keeping your house safe by knowing when to service your roof and replace your roof. Or if you’re looking to buy property, you should pay attention! Always ask when the roof was last replaced and even get it inspected before you buy so you’re well prepared.
A roof’s lifetime depends on the roofing material, maintenance, and weather. In the Hill Country, we see some pretty damaging hail a couple times a year that can compromise an unattended roof if you’re not careful, but it’s still much milder compared to states that experience months of heavy snowfall.
Knowing what to expect from your specific roof will help you figure out how best to care for it and when it needs some help.
The most common roofing material currently is asphalt shingles. Asphalt roofing is less expensive but also requires more maintenance and has a shorter lifespan. Your room might stay in good shape for 15 to 20 years, but you also might need to replace shingles and get regular inspections to upkeep the longevity of your roof.
Wood Shingle & Shake Roofing
Wood roofs are often for aesthetics, but exhibit a lot more maintenance issues that other materials. Because wood retains moisture it’s imperative to allow it to dry and vent properly. Leaves, dirt and other debris that retain moisture need to be cleared off the roof immediately to prevent moisture build-up. With touch ups and staying vigilant about moisture reduction, a wood shingle roof will still only last about 20 to 30 years.
Now that we’ve discussed what your roof might look like, it’s time to get to the big boys. At Hill Country Roofing, we only deal in roofing materials that will last you a lifetime. Metal and tile roofs are notoriously low maintenance and durable, plus help reflects light and keeps you cool! Here’s how long you could expect one our roofs to last you.
Metal roofs are becoming more and more popular due to their low maintenance and durability. A well-installed metal roof is often insured for over 20 to 40 years and many will last longer than that. If you’re looking to replace your current roof with metal shingles or panels, you could be making a lifetime investment! The best way to get a long lifetime out of a metal roof is to pick a quality metal and have it installed properly the first time.
Depending on the quality of tile, a tile roof can last 50 or more years without major upkeep. Like metal roofs, picking a good tile and attention to installation will put you on track for a lifelong roof. A high quality slate roof that is properly installed can last 100 years!
Your roof protects your entire house. Be vigilant about your roof care, it will save you money in the long run. If you’re unfamiliar with what to look for particularly, hire a roofing contractor to do the inspection for you. Hill Country Roofing, Inc. is the longest roofing member of the Kerrville Area Chamber of Commerce, over 20 years. Trusted, reliable, you can always give us a call for your roof needs.