Your house and its contents depend on your roof to remain safe and dry. In addition to protecting your family and property, a good roof saves money on heating and cooling bills. With so much at stake, it’s no wonder that homeowners throughout the Midwest ask: How to extend the lifespan of your roof?
There are a few factors which contribute to the lifespan of your roof that are beyond your control, such as wind, hail and damage from fallen trees. However, there are choices you can make, and precautions you can take, which will ensure your home’s roof functions well for as long as possible.
1) Quality Materials
The first step in getting the most out of a new roof is to buy the best quality materials you can afford. Choose those which are manufactured to perform well in the Midwest’s extreme weather, where temperatures can differ 120 degrees in three months’ time. August may see sweltering sun and excessively dry conditions, while November can usher in blowing snow and sub-zero temperatures. And in between, it’s not uncommon to see rain, wind, hail and sleet, all of which take a toll on roofing systems.
From roof decking to shingles and from underlayment to nails, be sure to buy products that are built to last. An experienced roofing contractor will help you determine which materials will work best given your roof’s slope and pitch. Give us a call, and we’d be happy to discuss our recommendations with you.
Because they’re affordable, asphalt shingles are a popular choice in our region. They resist moisture and UV rays, and are available in dark colors, which attract much-needed heat in colder months. Asphalt shingles typically last between 15 years and 30 years.
Wood Shingles and Shakes:
Wood is prone to rot, which makes many homeowners shy away from using it on their roofs. However, moisture-proofing sealants have come a long way in recent years, making it more practical than ever to use wood shingles and shakes on homes in the Midwest. Although they do require more maintenance than asphalt, wood components stand up to storms better and are more energy efficient. Plus, they look amazing, too!
Slate is an earth-friendly choice; however, it is heavy and cumbersome to handle, especially on roofs with steep pitches. Your home may require additional structural support to bear its weight. The increased cost of installation pays off in the long run, as a slate roof can last for more than one lifetime.
The popularity of steel roofing has exploded in recent years thanks to advances in fade resistance, manufacturing processes and installation techniques. While typically more expensive than asphalt shingles, steel is easier to install and provides excellent wind resistance and protection from hail and fire. A good steel roof can last 50 years or more.
Proper underlayment plays a crucial role in your roofing system and significantly contributes to its lifespan. Acting as a waterproof barrier, quality underlayment is fitted over your roof deck for added protection from rain, snow and ice.
If you have questions about which materials would best suit your budget and lifestyle, one of the experts at Restoration RX would be happy to discuss the pros and cons of each with you and provide you with a free estimate, too.
Good ventilation is another key component to protecting your roofing system. In a cold climate, such as the Midwest, the main purpose of ventilation is to keep the roof temperature cool to prevent snow melt, which may cause ice dams that lead to roof repairs. Good ventilation will also keep moisture in living spaces from moving into the attic space.
Simple to install products─ like eave or ridge vents─ will keep your attic dry, inhibiting mold growth and wood rot which can ruin shingles from the inside out. Unvented roof systems operate around 2-3 degrees warmer than vented ones; this can reduce the service life of asphalt shingles by about 10%.
3) Proper Installation
In order to perform as it should, a roof must be correctly installed. The last thing you want is to spend money on a new roof, only to discover that it leaks or the materials warranties are void because they weren’t installed the right way. Restoration RX goes the extra mile to meet the rigorous standards set forth by manufacturers for proper roof installation. Contact us today for more information.
4) Regular Maintenance
We can’t stress the importance of regular upkeep enough when it comes to extending the lifespan of your roof. This includes having an annual roofing inspection performed. In the meantime, keep an eye out for such things as pooling water and loose shingles, and be sure to remove debris like nests and branches from you roof as soon as you notice them.
Identifying problems early will save you from having to make roof repairs down the road or a complete roof replacement before you should have to, which will save you money.
We’re the Roofing Experts
Restoration RX has proven itself to be a leading roofing company in the Midwest. We have a wealth of experience in roofing installation, repair, maintenance and more. Please contact us today to learn more about how to extend the lifespan of your roof!