A Never-Ending Endurance: 5 Factors That Affect the Lifespan of Your Roof

Having a roof over your head is one of life’s most basic necessities. As Maslow’s hierarchy states, shelter is part of a human being’s physical needs of safety (along with food, water , and sleep). With shelter being so close to the top of the list of basic needs, it is only right that you know how to protect your roof in order to increase the lifespan of your roof. 

1. Materials

The quality of your roofing material makes a big difference in the lifespan of your roof. It also matters how those materials were installed. That’s why you want to make sure you choose a top rated roofing company to give you tackle one of your most basic human needs. For instance, metal gives you an extremely durable roof. It can last for 30 to 50 years and it is energy efficient while also being impact resistant. 

2. Ventilation

As much as we need water and moisture to survive, it’s not a friend to your roof. Your roof needs to circulate air. Proper ventilation increases the energy efficiency of your home. It is possible to have too much ventilation and too little ventilation. Because older homes tend to have more moisture, proper ventilation is a must if you’re looking to get the most out of your roof. 

3. Trees

Generally, trees work together with your roof to increase your home’s efficiency. But sometimes weather pushes through and trees become the enemy. Strong storms, winds, ice , and snow can cause branches or limbs to come down on the roof causing damage. Sometimes an entire tree can come crashing through your roof. Tree debris can collect on the roof and create piles of mulch that can cause deterioration. Professional removal and pruning can help you get the most out of your roof. Trees can also make it easier for animals like roof rats to access your roof, causing damage. 

4. Climate

Your climate can heavily impact your roof’s health. If you live somewhere where there is a lot of hail, excessive temperatures or lots of rain, your roof will be affected. The sun’s rays and heat can cause warping, cracking and decay. The older your shingles are, the more susceptible they are to these things. Strong winds can displace shingles and send debris through or onto your roof, compromising its structure. These minor damages can make for serious damage once water enters the picture.

5. Pitch and Color

Pitch is the incline of your roof. Steeper or higher pitched roofs tend to have a longer lifespan. Not only do they dry more quickly, they are also  more water-resistant. The color of a roof, surprisingly, also plays a role in durability. Darker colored roofs tend to absorb more heat and will show signs of deterioration before a lighter color roof that tends to reflect more light and heat than it absorbs.

Every homeowner wants a roof they can depend on. Just because the roof isn’t as in your face as your water heater or stove, it’s one of the more essential parts of your home because it affects other parts of your home if it’s damaged. Roofs aren’t meant to last forever. That’s why taking proper care of your roof is important.