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Tips for a longer lasting roof

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Tips for a longer lasting roof
If you’re like most homeowners in America, you’ve always had a traditional asphalt shingle roof. The vast majority of roofs are made using asphalt shingles because they are the least expensive roofing material. For the cost, asphalt shingles are quite durable. On average they can last for 15-20 years. For homeowners that are tired of dealing with replacing their roof, however, the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof may not be enough. Fortunately for these homeowners, there are many other options available to them.

Longer lasting roofing materials
One reason that asphalt shingles wear out faster than other materials is their dark color. Darker shingles absorb heat. Not only does that increase your energy bills, but it causes your roof to expand. When hotter temperatures give way to cooler temperatures, your roof contracts. As your roof expands and contracts, it can cause the shingles to crack, curl, or become brittle. One way to get more life out of your roof is to consider a roofing material that will last longer.
Metal roofs have become very popular in recent years because of their low maintenance and their durability. Contrary to what you might think, metal roofs are actually quite cool because they reflect heat rather than absorb it. They hold up much better to the elements and can last up to 50 years.

For homeowners who want the durability of a metal roof but don’t like the look, a tile or slate roof can be a great option. Though not as energy efficient as metal roofs, both allow for airflow which keeps your home cooler in the summer. Something to keep in mind with tile or slate roofs is that they are very heavy compared to other roofing materials. You may need to have a roofer inspect your roof first to determine if your home can support a slate or tile roof.

Affording a longer lasting roof
Of course, metal, tile, and slate roofs are going to be a bigger investment than an asphalt shingle roof. However, the difference in cost is offset by the long term savings. While an asphalt shingle roof will be the least expensive, it will need to be replaced several times during the lifespan of a metal, tile, or shingle roof. Additionally, an asphalt shingle roof is the least energy efficient and more expensive roofing materials will pay for themselves over time with energy bill savings.

Getting the most out of your new roof
Because a roof is such a large investment, it stands to reason that you would want to protect that investment. Whichever roofing material you go with (even if it’s an asphalt shingle roof) you can get the most life out of it if you properly maintain. You should have your roof inspected twice a year, once before winter and again right after. Make sure that any issues that are uncovered are taken care of promptly. The better you take care of your roof, the longer it will take care of you.

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Source: dailyherald.com/article/20140907/entlife/140909011/

Tags: roofing, roofing tips, roofing materials, metal roofs, tile roofs, slate roofs, roof inspection, roof maintenance
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Re: Tips for a longer lasting roof

Thank you, for sharing very useful facts for long lasting roof.
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