While we are grateful to have a roof over our heads, we may not always show it. As a homeowner, you might not devote much time to roof maintenance even though the roof is one of the most important elements of a home. A healthy roof provides shelter, saves money, and protects against water damage. Keeping your roof healthy means repairing damage promptly and knowing when a replacement is warranted.
How Roof Age Affects Repairs
Roofs do not last forever, but when properly maintained, they can last quite a while. For example, an asphalt shingle roof, one of the most common types, lasts from 20 to 25 years. Depending on the roofing material, your roof may last anywhere between 15 and 40 years.
Roofing Material Lifespans
- Asphalt shingle lasts 15-25 years
- EPDM rubber lasts 10-50 years
- Wood lasts from 25-30 years
- Metal roofing lasts 50-100 years
If you let damage go unrepaired and avoid regular roof maintenance, your roof will not likely meet its expected lifespan. A replacement can be expensive, so be sure you get a full life from your roof by properly maintaining it.
How Damage Affects Repairs
While timely repairs can solve most problems, unfortunately, there are circumstances other than age that a replacement is necessary. If a tree falls on your roof and causes a gaping hole, it might be impossible to fix, requiring a complete replacement. There are times where it is more affordable to invest in a replacement than to bother with repairs. If a repair will only fix the cosmetic issues and leave you with structural damage, you will end up needing a replacement anyway, and the money spent on those repairs will be a waste.
Repair costs are determined based on the severity of your roof’s issues. An inspection can provide you with a clear analysis of your roof’s health. Once you have your analysis, you can breakdown the repair costs and compare them to the costs of a replacement to ensure that you make the best possible decision.
Michigan weather can put your roof under a lot of stress. At 180 Contractors, we utilize the best practices to ensure that your roofing job is done correctly, the first time.