There are many types of roof materials out there, but the most common are asphalt shingles, metal, and tile/clay. It is beneficial to know the types of shingles and how you can help extend the life of your existing roof. When we talk to clients who have asphalt shingles, they will usually advise that they have a 30 year roof. However, in Florida, that 30 year roof will not last that long due to the heat and sunlight on the shingles. In the extreme heat and sun, the shingles become brittle, snap and curl. Therefore, the average life expectancy of an asphalt roof is 15-18 years but architectural shingles have a life span of usually 24-30 years.
Tile shingles are more expensive but they do last longer with a life span of approximately up to 50 years or more if they are taken care of properly. This will give your home a more Southwestern or Spanish look or they can match any architectural style of the home. In addition, they are designed to withstand the higher wind speeds and are usually hail resistant.
Metal roofs can also last up to 50 years and they are becoming very popular. These usually have the least amount of maintenance needed, however, hail storms can damage and ding the metal roof more easily than the tile or asphalt shingles. They have also been found to be more energy efficient in keeping homes cooler. Some other advantages are that they are fire resistive and there are many styles to choose from.
A few helpful tips that may help extend the life of your roof (no matter what type):
- Inspect it every 6 months as regular inspections of your roof can help prevent more costly repairs in the future
- Keep it clear of debris and leaves as water can build up and not drain properly off your roof
- Make sure you cut limbs from trees that are overhanging your roof. Not only is this important from an insurance point of view, but the limbs and leaves can clog your gutters and let water stand on the shingles and seep underneath which can cause leaks into your home. Branches will also scrape against the roof and cause damage to the protective barrier, no matter the type of roof.
- Check in your attic occasionally and look at the wood to see if there are any water spots which will also be an indicator that there is damage to your roof.
As always, we are here for you and willing to help with any questions you have. We know your roof is a big investment and we want you to be protected! Contact us today.