Water is one of the most frequent causes of harm to a house, and it can damage everything from a home's foundation to joists and other support structures in an attic. The roof is the structure on a home whose primary purpose is to keep water out.
For a roof to be able to provide a home with proper protection from the elements, it needs to be in good shape. Roofs that are not well cared for may easily develop leaks. This can lead to any of a number of costly problems, including damaging insulation, warping rafters, causing mold to develop and shorting out wiring.
Essex County roofers can do a lot to extend the lifespan of a home and reduce the chances of problems developing through repair and maintenance, but after a certain point, a roof will need replacement. One of the most frequent measures of when a new roof is needed is a roof's age, but the condition and the type of problems a roof has should also be a factor in a homeowner's decision.
A roof's lifespan will generally depend on the materials it is made of. Asphalt roofs can last between 20 and 30 years while metal roofs last around 50 years, and tile and slate roofs can last a lifetime.
The roofers from All Professional Remodeling of Essex County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or windows.
When people have a roof that is in bad shape, they should factor how much lifespan a roof has left into determining whether to attempt to repair it or just have a new one put in.
If a roof has a 30 year lifespan and is 15 years old, it may have more than a decade of remaining service in it, making it potentially worth it to pay for costly repairs. On the other hand, a roof that is two or more decades old and in bad shape is possibly nearing replacement age anyway.
However, there are some cases where putting off replacement on an older roof may be a good idea and replacing a newer roof may be the best course of action. If a roof is 20 years old but only has a few leaks and is in otherwise good condition, residents may still get trouble free service out of it for many years to come. On the other hand, a roof that is in terrible condition due to either a storm or lack of maintenance may constantly need repairs. This may make replacement more cost effective in the long term.