How Long Should Your Roof Last?

How Long Should Your Roof Last?

One of the biggest reasons real estate deals fall through is due to roofing issues. The roof can turn into one of the most expensive items to repair in your home, especially if it is not maintained properly. You might be wondering just how long should your roof last?

The answer really depends on several factors. Those being what materials were used, when the roof was built, the structure of the roof, how well it is maintained, and exposure to the elements. Here in Florida roofs typically have a shorter lifespan than in some other states because of the continuous exposure to extreme heat, high winds, and corrosion, particularly for those that live near the coastline.

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, or InterNACHI, the estimated life expectancy for roofing materials in Florida are as follows:

–      Asphalt Shingles: 15-20 years

–      Clay/Concrete Tile: 20-30 years

–      Metal: 25-40 years

Again, these are all estimates, and the more well-maintained your roof is the longer it will last. Each of these materials also comes with their own pros and cons. Asphalt shingles are popular because of their lower cost but have a shorter lifespan. They typically have a shorter lifespan in Florida than in other places because of the sun exposure. Clay/concrete are the longest lasting, but it is expensive and is more likely to crack in cold temperatures.

If your roof was built before the late 1990s, you may want to have a certified roofing inspector take a look.

Now that you know approximately how long your roof should last, here are some ways to extend the life of your roof:

–          Clear the gutters. A buildup of leaves and other debris can cause water to leak into the roof and cause damage.

–          Trim overhanging branches. This one is self-explanatory! A fallen tree branch can cause a lot of damage to a roof.

–      Annual inspections. In Florida, it is recommended to have your roof inspected at the end of hurricane season to see if there is any heat or wind damage.

–      Keep the roof clean. Any buildup of leaves or debris on the actual roof can cause leaks and other damage.

Even if you are not looking to sell your house, we recommend having your roof inspected annually to look for any potential problems. La Maison Home Inspections in Sarasota and Manatee counties provides professional, certified roofing inspections. Since we build custom homes, we really know the importance of a solid roofing structure, and we know how to spot potential problems.

Contact us today to schedule your roof inspection in Sarasota!


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