How long does a roof last?

Your home is one of the most significant investments you will make in your lifetime, and your roof is an essential part of it. You need to make sure the roof is in good shape and is well-maintained to protect the other elements in your home, including the attic, walls, and ceilings.

Determining Factors of How Long a Roof Will Last

Materials Used

Materials and weather elements play major roles in the lifespan of a roof. While many types of roofing can last over 15 years, some can hold up effectively for 50 years or longer – unless fallen trees or severe climate conditions damage them. Asphalt shingles are the roofing material of choice on several Canadian homes, and slate, clay, and cement tile roofing are also viable options. Metal roofing is also making an appearance on a few homes in the Toronto area.

 Weather conditions

Extreme weather conditions can test your roof’s resiliency. From excessive wind to snowstorms and temperature swings, roofing becomes subject to deterioration and destruction. The sun’s UV rays can also cause extensive damage to shingles over time, and the direction and amount of sun exposure on the roof can impact its longevity.

The Skillset Used to Repair/Replace the Roof

An expertly installed roof that’s appropriately braced and ventilated will last a lot longer than a roof that wasn’t installed with the same skilled precision. You shouldn’t test out your DIY skills by repairing or replacing your roof. No amount of watching YouTube how-to videos will equal the skills and knowledge of an expert roofing company.

 Contact with Trees and Other Debris

Falling limbs or branches constantly rubbing on the roof will negatively impact its structural integrity and cause it to degrade faster. This is also the case with mold growth, rodents and other pests attracted to the roof by debris.

 The Slope or Angle of the Roof

Steep, angled or sloped roofs make it possible for things like snow and water to slide off faster than on flat roofs. To extend the life of flat roofs, they need to be installed using the appropriate techniques and materials to make sure they stay watertight.

If you’re unsure about the current condition of your roof, have it inspected by a professional. A highly regarded, skilled roofer will work with you to determine the condition of your roof and offer advice regarding the best options available. When you decide to proceed, they’ll be able to restore your roof to its original glory and make sure it continues to protect your home.