The roof on a home is a picture of beauty and “icing on the cake.” It is a portrayal of how you take care of your residence. So, how do you keep your roof in tip top shape in order to lengthen its lifetime? Do you do-it-yourself or do you hire a professional?

First, there are many different kinds of roofs out there! The material of your roof will determine what you can do to extend its lifespan. There are roofing materials such as: metal, tile, slate, wood, shake, and asphalt. There are little things you can do to maintain any roof.

For an Asphalt Roof: An asphalt roof is cheaper in terms of roofing material, so its lifespan may not be as long as others (15-20 years). However, getting inspections regularly (as with any other roof) is a good idea!

For a Metal Roof: These last a lifetime, anywhere from 20 to 40+ years! It requires such low maintenance, that you really don’t have too much to worry about. Isn’t that exciting?

For a Tile/Slate Roof: The initial choice of material as well as the initial installation of this type of roof will allow it to last up to 100 years! It is popular in certain parts of the world and very durable. Because of its longevity, extending the life expectancy is not needed. For inspections, every 5 years is recommended.

For a Wood Shingle/Shake Roof: When wood is at bay, high maintenance will be in play. Catch the rhyme? Think about it. Wet wood can be an issue, especially if the initial installation of the roof was not done accurately. Moisture can cause quite a few issues. Keep your wooden roof ventilated well and always make sure debris is cleaned off. There are cases where applying chemical treatment has extended the life. With a well upkeep, this roof typically lasts 20-30 years.

GENERAL TIPS:

  1. Inspect regularly! No matter what type of roof you have or choose to be installed, regular inspections are smart. Inspectors can spot places on your roof that have the potential to be a bigger problem later down the road. For wooden, tile, and asphalt roofs, every 3 years is recommended.
  1. Tackle the attic! Make sure your attic is well ventilated because it will help your roof’s longevity, even if it isn’t a wooden material. Water vapor build up and moisture is never good for your home. Also, make sure that your attic is well insulated. This will help with the heating and cooling of your home and prevent water vapor from creeping inside.
  1. Clear any debris! Always make sure you clear all the foreign objects off your roof. Cutting away limbs can help prevent any substantial damage to your roof.
  2. Keep an eye out for these common roof problems:
  • Sagging/leaning
  • Patches/ cracks
  • Torn, cracked, missing shingles
  • Damage or loose material around your chimneys, vents, and pipes
  • Visible shingle granules
  • Detached gutters and downspouts
  • Debris
  • Algae
  • Wet spots on your ceiling