The Typical Life Cycle of a Roof

Your roof is a critical component of your home, but it doesn't last forever. During its first ten years, it would give you the best protection against the usual and extreme weather situations. Afterwards, roofers must regularly inspect your roof for any issues and schedule your replacement soon. Here is the usual life cycle of a roof.

Year One

The first five years of a roof should give your home optimal protection. It would protect against hail, snow, and strong windstorms. It would only need yearly maintenance services from local roofers to check its status and ensure critical components aren't loose and won't deteriorate your roof rapidly.

Five Years

Your roof will see some wear as it reaches a half-decade protecting your home. The changing seasons will affect its physical composition and loosen a few components. Timely roof inspections let experts replace these components before they can cause detrimental damage to your roof for the next five years.

10 Years

A 10-year-old roof may suffer some severe wear and tear on specific areas. For instance, some roofs can have discolored and missing asphalt shingles on one side while having functional materials on the opposite side. Upon inspection, roofers may perform minor repairs to improve its performance but may ask you to save enough money to replace the roof within 3-5 years.

Fibertite Roofing might talk in the context of commercial roofs, but the sentiments and stages it explains are similar to asphalt shingles and common residential roofing materials. Read more below.

What Is the Average Life of a Roof?

To get the most out of your roofing investment, it is important to understand the stages associated with the lifespan of your roof. In today’s market, roofs can last anywhere from 10 to 30 or more years. Understanding the three lifecycle stages will equip you with the information you need to ensure you’re getting the most value out of your roof. 

Stage 1: New Roof

Much like a car, your roofing system has a ‘new’ phase that lasts for the first 2 years of its life. It begins with conception of the design. This involves not only you, but also the designer and consultant to decide on the right roofing system to fit your unique needs. Two important questions to consider are 

  • What is the intended use of the building? 
  • How long are you planning on staying in the same building? 
  • These questions typically dictate the design and specifications.

Once the decision is made, total assembly occurs from the deck up. Pay close attention to the quality of materials, it’s better to pay now than pay later. Quality of workmanship is also an essential factor to consider during this stage as the contractor is still tied to workmanship for those two years. After the first two years, the responsibility falls to you as the owner. 

Stage 2: Maintenance Period

Typically this lifecycle stage lasts between 2 - 15 years and is where the bulk of your maintenance is going to occur. Ongoing maintenance is imperative to ensure a long-lasting, healthy roof. Your roof requires periodic inspections, either annually or biannually, to make sure the various system components are still performing the way they need to be. If not, repairs need to happen in a time efficient manner to prevent serious damage. Typically, there are three ways in which inspections can be performed:

  • By the manufacturer
  • Through an extended agreement with your original contractor
  • By hiring your own inspection crew. 

This stage is often overlooked and many roofs fail due to an “out of sight, out of mind” mentality. Even with warranties, much of the cost associated with repairing ill-maintained roofing systems falls on the shoulders of the owner. Warranties can be voided for a number of reasons, especially if the reporting of a material breakdown is delayed for an extended period of time.

Stage 3: Re-Roofing (Continue reading here to learn more)

Miller's Home Improvements is a renowned name in excellent roofing installation, repairs, and replacements. Customers trust us to ensure their roof always works well and is within the manufacturer's warranty. Call us today to learn more about our services.