If it is getting close to the time for you to replace your roof, you may have some questions. Putting on the same type of roof may be the only option, or you could be considering different types of roofing materials. A roofing professional can give you a full list of your options, but it helps to know some of the choices ahead of time. There is no question that some roofing materials will last longer than others. Unfortunately, this will usually be reflected in the price of the roof itself. 

Different Types Of Roofing Material

The three most common types of roofs that you will encounter are asphalt shingle, tile, and metal. The three different types will vary in price, and the lifespan of each will differ as well. 

Lifespans of Different Roofing Materials

A metal roof is becoming quite popular, and although they are a bit more costly than something like an asphalt roof, it can be an excellent investment if you plan on staying in your home for quite some time. A metal roof will last you about 50 years. For most people, this will be plenty of time that that majority of their life they never need to worry about a leak. 

An asphalt shingle roof will give you about twenty years of life, but it will be considerably less expensive than tile or metal. Finally, a tile roof will provide you with anywhere from 35-45 years. The tile roofs have a very distinct look that is very popular across most of Florida. 

Does Maintenance Play A Factor? 

Is there anything you can do to increase the lifespan of your roof? This is a question that we are asked quite often. 

Roof maintenance is essential to the lifespan of your roof, regardless of what type of roof you own. If you own an asphalt shingle roof, you need to make sure you are never letting debris sit on your roof. In general, it is a good idea to make sure your roof is cleared off the debris, and if you have gutters that they are kept cleaning. Allowing water to escape from the roof into the gutters is essential; when the gutters are full, this is not possible. 

Another critical part of maintenance is a yearly inspection. Roofing companies offer yearly inspections where they take a look at your entire roof and look for any weaknesses. If you make this a part of your annual home maintenance, you will catch issues much faster. If you are missing a roof tile or two, it is not a big fix. However, if you don’t know you have this issue and water starts to make its way in, you are looking at a much bigger repair. 

Recap

It can be challenging to choose which type of roof is right for you. We can help guide you and let you know which is going to give you the greatest return on your investment. Roofing projects are not something homeowners should have to figure out entirely on their own.