Your Roof Can Live Beyond Its Estimated Lifespan -- With a Few Caveats

One major problem of homeowners is when their roofs show signs that it's about to reach the end of its life. However, most can go beyond their estimated lifespan. If you haven't seen the signs that your roof needs replacement, it may have a few more months or years.

Roofing materials have different lifespans and capabilities. For example, asphalt shingle roofs have an estimated lifespan of 25-30 years on average. However, with regular maintenance from Littleton, CO roofers with in-depth roofing knowledge, you can extend your asphalt shingle roof's lifespan to 30 years or more.

The idea of old roofs living beyond its estimated lifespan is not farfetched. If you plan to buy a new home from a homebuyer who sells it for a lower price, have a reputable roofer in Littleton, CO inspect it for you. Their inspection can unveil a considerable number of problems, many of which might require minor repairs inclusive in their roofing maintenance services.

However, don't trust that all roofs will go beyond its estimated lifespan. While some can last for a long time, others might not last for more than 10 years. In this light, it's better to have a general guideline on signs that your new roof might need replacement before its estimated end-of-life. Roofing Calculator has a great article on the signs that you need a new roof.

If you need top-level roofing solutions, you can count on us at Roper Roofing for all your needs. Contact us today to learn more.

How Long Does a Roof Last? Top Signs You Need a New Roof

If you are in the process of buying a new home, you probably want to know the age of the roof and how much longer it will last. Similarly, if you’ve lived in your home for a while, you are probably also wondering about the current condition of the roof and whether it’s time to consider some viable replacement options.

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This guide outlines the expected lifespans of most popular roofing systems for homes. Print it out and use it to assess the life expectancy of any roof when buying a new home or planning for future roof replacement needs in your own home.

Right Off the Bat: A typical asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years before requiring replacement.

That said, there are several different kinds of asphalt shingles, as well as other roofing materials to consider when estimating longevity of a particular roofing system. Let’s get started.

1. Asphalt Shingles

3 tab shingle is the most basic and least costly asphalt shingle option for slopped roofs. A typical 3-tab asphalt shingle roof will last anywhere from 10 to 20 years.

3-tab shingles are an OK option for temperate climates, but they are not at all suitable for storm-prone areas. The maximum wind-uplift a 3-tab shingle roof can withstand is 60 MPH to 70 MPH.

Note: When exposed to strong, direct sunlight and rapid temperature changes (thermal shocks) commonly associated with southern states and dessert climate zones (think Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma, Nevada, and parts of California dessert), asphalt shingles can develop cracks, resulting in a greatly diminished lifespan and premature failure.

Architectural aka Dimensional Shingles are thicker and hence more durable and longer-lasting than their entry-level counterparts, three tab shingles. Most architectural shingle roofs will last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, depending on their environment.  (Continued)


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