Are you noticing puddles of water in the attic right after the rains? Are there strange soaking patterns on a few walls although there is no plumbing behind them? Well, these are the signs that you need to take a look at your roof.
You may be surprised and somewhat shocked since you had professionals work on your roof just two years ago, but the sweltering heat and harsh cold causes the roofing material to expand and contract resulting in weakening of the shingles, the creation of fine cracks and water damage of the insulation.
Interestingly, each type of roof has a certain lifespan. How long a roof will last depends on multiple factors, but mostly, it depends on the weather conditions, neighboring trees and other constructions that can cause harm during harsh weather, regular maintenance and the material of the roof.
Here’s a quick guide to how long your roof will last after the upcoming upgrade or renovation –
A concrete tile roof – When a professional Phoenix roofing company completes concrete tile roofing, it can last for over 40 years. There are homes in Arizona that have the same tiled roof for over 50 years. A little maintenance can carry your roof through several winters and summers even here.
Clay tile roof –Although clay is the most fragile of all roofing materials, it lasts the longest. Most clay roofs by professionals last for over 50 years in Phoenix. However, be very careful when going up on your roof for checking or call an expert.
Shingle roof – Shingle roofs can be a bit unpredictable. The quality of the shingles will determine their longevity. Cheaper ones can last for 20 years, while the best quality ones can outlast concrete roof tiles. You can think of reliable shingle roofing as a long-term investment that can outlive the owners of the house.
Shake roof – These are the most cost-effective short-term solutions to your roofing challenges. They can survive up to 30 years in the Arizona heat. The lifespan does depend on the quality and professional experience of the roofer. These are basic shingles that come from splitting logs in contrast to shingles that require mechanical cuts.
Foam flat roof –They can last between 25 and 35 years. Polyurethane foam products are naturally waterproof and fire retardant. You can think of these as an altered version of regular plastic that bears a lot of strength and resistance to heat. They are not very similar to the kind we see in mattresses, and they are economical as well. A standard foam roof can cost you as much as single ply roofs and BUR roofs.
No roof type can survive for long without proper care. You need to trim the trees surrounding the roof, no matter how picturesque your home currently looks from across the road. Any tree bending over the roof is a persistent threat to the integrity of the tiles and shingles. Before you book your professional roof check, go up there on a dry day, walk around and try to spot any damage to the tiles and shingles.
August 23, 2018