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. At Ethos General Contractors, your trusted local roofing company, we wanted to discuss the main factors that affect your roof’s longevity and it's service life.

Roof Material

Not all roofing materials have the same service life and the quality of the materials you choose will impact your roof's longevity. 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 comprehensive roofing services, we can install your new roof properly the first time around. Our expert roofing services will ensure that your roof's longevity will outlast others in your neighborhood.

Roof Pitch

The pitch or slope of your roof defines its ability to shed water naturally. The pitch of your roof is an important factor to consider when you're weighing your roof's longevity. 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.

Improve Your Roof's Longevity With Ethos

At Ethos General Contractors, we can offer comprehensive roofing services, window replacement, and many additional contracting services. We're ready to jump into action and improve the quality of your roof. Contact the roofing professionals today to learn how we can improve your roof's longevity. We serve residents throughout the Denver metro area and beyond, including Aurora, Fort Collins, Castle Rock, and more.