WEST PALM BEACH
What is the lifespan of your roof?
Since asphalt roofing is cheap yet high-quality, it is the most used roofing material in Florida. While asphalt shingles typically have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, they don’t last this long in Florida.
You can expect them to last anywhere from 10 to 20 years depending on whether they are architectural or not. On the other hand, tile roofing, another Florida favorite, lasts 25 to 50 years in Florida.
As we have mentioned before, Florida weather doesn’t do much for your roof’s lifespan. Our roof shingles are constantly being bombarded by salt spray, humidity, and high winds. There is also continuous exposure to extreme heat due to exposure to UV rays, a situation that leads to curling and cracking of roof shingles.
Interestingly, you also have a major role to play in your roof’s lifespan. As such, if you don’t properly take care of your roof, it will get damaged faster. You should therefore regularly check for leaks, moss growth, and water damage and deal with them immediately.
So now that you know that you do have some power over your fate, you may wonder what you could actually do to significantly extend your roof’s lifespan. Here are a few tips:
- To prevent mold growth,always keep the attic ventilated
- Clear any gutter blockage and remove any debris from the roof
- At least once a year, get our roofing contractors to do an roof inspection
How do you know it’s time?
Let’s say you have done all you can do but still suspect your roof’s time is up; how do you know it’s time to have it completely replaced? I mean, the cost to replace it alone is enough to just make you want to re-roof, but there are times you shouldn’t. Here are a few:
- Your existing roof has more than one layer of shingles
In Florida and other parts of the US, you can’t reroof a roof that already has two layers of asphalt shingles. As such, if your roof still has issues, a complete roof replacement becomes your only option.
- Your roof has experienced extensive damage
While a bit of moss and missing shingles can be dealt with in other ways, extensive rotting and sagging can only be solved by completely replacing your roof. In fact, if your roof is sagging, you should immediately seek out a structural engineer to check for structural damage.
Another situation which calls for a roof replacement is when your shingles are so distorted that they can’t be laid flat enough to install a new layer on top of them.
- You’re using too much money on repairs
When you reach a point that your regular roofing projects cost almost as much as getting a new roof, it’s time to get one already. As a rule of thumb, if repair costs are more than a third of the cost to replace a roof, you should go with the replacement.
How do we replace your roof?
Within a few days, our roofing company can provide you with a magnificent new roof. We have a meticulous process that we follow to ensure maximum client satisfaction. First of all, we completely tear off your existing roof and check whether your deck is okay.
We then lay down new sheathing boards and start installing ice guard membrane in necessary spots to protect the sheathing from ice. Afterwards, we lay some asphalt roofing paper on the sheathing and apply metal drip edging.
Finally, we install the shingles, and put in the necessary flashing, and ridge vents. And when we’re all done, we do a complete cleanup. To ensure that your roof truly has a long lifespan, we always use high-quality products sourced from trusted suppliers.
Like other contractors, we buy shingles in bundles. To cover a 100-square foot area, we use three or four of these bundles. Ultimately, we aim to do the most amount of work with the least amount of materials.