An asphalt roof can last approximately between 22-25 years, giving you 80-85% of its life expectancy. The life expectancy of an Asphalt roof is determined by these 4 factors: extreme weather, poor attic ventilation, tree branch damage, and improper roof repair. Any or all of these factors can greatly impact how long an asphalt roof lasts.
In this blog, we will discuss 4 things you can do to improve the longevity of your asphalt roof, 5 common things that can ruin your asphalt roof, and finally, 4 signs that indicate you should replace your roof. Asphalt shingle roofs became popular in the US in the 1900s and have maintained their popularity as the most common roofing material used because of their durability, affordability, and aesthetic appeal. So knowing how to care for and extend the longevity of your asphalt roof becomes even more important.
How to Help Your Roof Last Longer?
You can help your roof last longer by doing these 4 IMPORTANT THINGS which are ensuring proper roof installation, ensuring proper attic ventilation, keeping the gutters clean, and scheduling yearly roof inspections. These four things cover the larger majority of reasons roofs have to be replaced sooner than desirable for most homeowners.
1. Ensure Proper Roof Installation
Proper roof installation is the first and most important piece towards increasing the longevity of your roof life and avoiding premature roof failure. Therefore it is important you utilize professional roof installers who have years of experience to validate their expertise. Do your homework! Proper installation also prevents your home from experiencing roof leaks and improper attic ventilation. This leads to the next thing you can do to increase the longevity of your roof.
2. Maintain Proper Attic Ventilation
Your attic ventilation is key to preventing moisture buildup under the surface of your roof shingles, thus helping to prolong its life. When air that is generated in your home rises from appliance usage or other factors, that air needs a place to escape. Otherwise, it builds up moisture in the attic which begins to breed mold and decay in your roofing. You can ensure proper attic ventilation by checking to see if you have an attic vent on your roof.
3. Keep Roof Gutters Clean
Keeping your gutters clear of debris allows rainwater to drain properly. If water builds up in your gutters, it increases the chances of the water build-up getting underneath your roof and damaging its shingles. Also, installing gutter guards will prevent debris from clogging up your gutters and save you the trouble of getting up on a ladder and cleaning out your gutters throughout the years.
4. Schedule Yearly Roof Inspections
It is easy to forget about scheduling yearly roof inspections until you feel that constant leak on your head from the roof, by then, it could be too late. Yearly inspections from a trained professional will help you to identify and address roofing problems early on before they become worse. It takes work to remember, but it pays off in the long run. Catching a potential roof failure early can mean the difference between an affordable roofing repair and a more costly roof replacement.
5 Common Things That Can Ruin Your Asphalt Shingle Roof
The 4 COMMON THINGS that can ruin your asphalt shingle roof are extreme weather, poor attic ventilation, tree branch damage, and improper roof repair.
1. Extreme Weather
Extreme weather can do damage to your roof. Extreme winds could blow off shingles, heavy rain could cause moisture under the shingles if they were not installed properly, and large hail could potentially be damaging. Although weather damage is rare on roofs because roofs are designed to withstand harsh weather, after a large storm it would be good to do a visual check of your roof just to be safe.
2. Poor Ventilation
Poor attic ventilation can lead to water buildup under your roof shingles, leading to water damage and leaks into your home. It is imperative to ensure your attic has proper ventilation for natural airflow to avoid moister build-up?
3. Tree Debris
Have any large trees near your roof whose branches extend over part of your house? Tree branches can easily break off and puncture your roof shingles or drag them off your roof. If you have any looming trees, just keep an eye on them especially, during times of high winds and other harsh weather conditions. Consider trimming overhanging branches yourself or hiring a professional to decrease the possibility of tree-related damage to your roof.
4. Improper Roof Repair
Having a “can-do” attitude is great, but for some things, it is important to have a professional who knows what they are doing. Doing roof repairs yourself without the proper training and safety equipment could lead to unintended roof damage. Roof repair requires a lot of details that professionals are trained in that most typical homeowners do not have. Therefore, if you are not professional trained to repair your roof, let a professional do it.
4 Signs That Indicate You May Need To Replace Your Roof
4 SIGNS that indicate you need to replace your roof are visibly curling or missing shingles, a sagging ceiling, your roof is beyond its life expectancy and leaks occur inside your home from the ceiling.
1. Visible Curling or Missing Shingles
This type of sign is something you can physically inspect yourself just by looking up at your roof. If you see shingles curling or missing, then there’s a good chance some type of damage has occurred that will require a roof replacement or partial replacement. A professional evaluation would be good to properly diagnose the issue.
2. Sagging Ceiling
If you notice your ceiling is sagging, there’s a good chance you may be having significant roofing issues. Sagging ceilings can also be an indicator of sitting water or snow on the roof that has compromised the integrity of your shingles that may be close to causing your roof to cave in. Call a professional to look at it.
3. Your Roof is Beyond its Life Expectancy
If your roof has exceeded its life expectancy, there is a good chance that your roof will need to be replaced. At that point, you certainly would benefit from having a professional look at your roof to give the final verdict.
If you are experiencing leaks from the ceiling inside of your home, that is a strong indicator that your roof’s shingles have been compromised by water damage. Have a professional examine your roof soon to prevent further damage from happening.
There you have it, ways to identify your roof may potentially need replacing as well as ways to extend the lifespan of your roofing. These are all things you can do yourselves, therefore putting you in the driver’s seat. Stay tuned for more blogs that will provide you valuable information as you make decisions regarding your roofing needs.