Life Expectancy of Your Roof Explained

The roof of your home or business is one of the most important structure of your home because it protects your home from the outdoor elements. A typical roof should last anywhere from 15-20 years. However, there are times that roof will not last its full life expectancy. Curious what factors may affect the lifespan of your roof? Read on to learn more from our Lake the Ozarks roofing company. 

1. Installation

Even the best roofing materials can't do their job if they're not installed properly. Improper installation can significantly decrease the lifespan of your asphalt roof. A new roof is an expensive investment that you want to last as long as possible. That's why it's so important to hire a well-established, reputable roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Do some research and check references before hiring someone to install your roof.

2. Weather

Depending on the climate you live in, the lifespan of an asphalt roof will differ. Here in Missouri, we experience a variety of different weather events. From rain and snow to hail and tornadoes, you never know what to expect. While asphalt shingles are built to withstand weather, taking proper care of your roof prior to and following severe weather events is key in increasing the length your roof will last. Rapid freeze and thaw cycles can result in granule loss and a decrease in the lifespan of your roof. Overexposure to sunlight can also cause your shingles to deteriorate more quickly. Luckily, this isn't

 typically an issue in Missouri.

3. Proper Maintenance 

The best way to ensure your roof lasts as long as it should is by performing proper maintenance. Simply put, take care of your roof and it will take care of you and your home. One of the easiest and most important steps in proper roof maintenance is to schedule a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks at least twice a year. In addition to taking care of minor repairs before they turn into bigger problems, there are other things you can do to increase the life of your roof, including cleaning your gutters and trimming back overhanging trees.

4. Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation is not only important for energy efficiency of your home but is also key to increasing the lifespan of your roof. Air needs to flow freely through your attic in order to keep your roof from overheating and to keep moisture out of your home. During the summers, an improperly ventilated attic creates a hot roof deck that can damage shingles. During the winter, improper ventilation can contribute to the formation of ice dams. If you have a new roof installed by a professional, they'll be able to let you know if your attic and roof are properly ventilated.

Contact Above & Beyond Roofing for Your Roofing Needs!

Winter is just around the corner and now is a good time to think about getting your roof inspected. Catching early damage can help to prolong the life of your roof. Give Above & Beyond Roofing a call to schedule your free, no obligation, roof inspection! 

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