How Long Should a New Roof Last?

How Often Do You Need to Replace a Roof?

If you just installed a new roof on your home, your next question may be “How long will it last?”  It’s a good question, but one that doesn’t come with an easy answer.  There are a variety of roofing materials available and each offers unique advantages and a different lifespan. How long your new roof lasts also depends on the climate in which you live.   Living in the northeast, your roof is prone to all types of weather including snow, ice, hail, and wind that can cause severe damage depending on the severity of the season. However, if you hired a professional roofer to do the roof replacement, you should be able to rest assured under that roof for at least 20 years.  Here are some common factors affecting the longevity of a new roof:

Roofing Materials Matter.

Roofing materials such as composite roofs and torchdown roofs will last for 20 years after installation; however, if you choose wood shingles, that lifespan expands to 30- to 40-years. In the reverse, if you choose inferior materials, you can expect a much shorter lifespan.  Your climate, roof’s design, and the quality of installation all play a vital role in the longevity of your roof.

Roof Warranties Matter.

Roofing warranties vary just as materials vary. The best roof warranties range from 30 years to the lifetime of your home.  The length of warranty offered matters because if your warranty is inadequate, you may end up replacing your roof earlier than expected and paying more money out of pocket.  Keep in mind that a warranty varies based on the material used and the manufacturer of the product. Some warranties can be void if the roof installation was faulty. Be careful to choose a reputable roofing company by checking reviews online and asking for references.

Quality Roof Installation Matters.

Quality installation by a professional roofer is the best way to ensure that your new roof enjoys a long and healthy life.  Scheduling a semi-annual inspection of your roof in the fall and spring can identify weather-related damage that may have occurred during the extreme summer or winter temperatures.  A roof inspection helps to prevent small problems from becoming bigger issues and keeps your home’s interior and family safe and comfortable.

When it comes to your home’s “top” priority—your roof—what covers your home matters as much as what is under it.  For expert roofing replacement using quality materials, warranties, and installation in Southern Pennsylvania or Northern Maryland, contact the professional team at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors today.