The Main Factors That Affect a Roof’s Longevity

Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:21

Most roofs have a finite life span. When they near the end of it, they’ll usually begin showing signs of wear and tear and require more intensive upkeep. Still, many factors affect the longevity of your roof and knowing them may give you insight on how to extend it.

Ethos General Contractors, your trusted local roofing company, discusses the main factors that affect your roof’s service life.

Roof Material

Not all roofing materials have the same service life. Asphalt shingles, while the most common roof material, have an average life span of 15 to 25 years. Asphalt has a respectable durability that allows it to last a few years longer, but its service life isn’t as long compared to tile and metal roofs. For a roof that would likely outlive your home, you may want to look into more premium roofing materials, like tile or metal.

Proper Installation

Whether you have a standard asphalt roofing system or a metal roof, its service life ultimately depends on how properly it is installed. An improperly installed roof not only will have a shorter life span but it will also be more prone to problems throughout its lifetime. It would also be quite expensive to maintain because in certain circumstances, you would need to hire another contractor to fix such a mistake. As part of our complete roofing services, we can install your new roof properly the first time around.

Roof Pitch

The pitch or slope of the roof defines its ability to shed water naturally. Roofs with poor pitch tend to retain water and cause pooling on the surface, which causes continuing water damage. Most residential properties have a standard pitch, but if you’re planning to get a flat roof, we advise a low-slope roof to reduce water ponding.

Ethos General Contractors offers complete roofing services and window replacement. Call us at for more information on our products and services. We serve residents throughout Aurora and Englewood, CO, and nearby areas.