The roof that covers a structure is one of the essential parts of its construction. A compromised roofing system can affect everything beneath it. Damage to the roof can quickly alter the integrity of the interior support structure. Even minor damage can allow moisture to eventually enter the interior living space, ruining furnishings and allowing mold to thrive. Exterior components of a home can also be damaged by a roof that does not disperse water as intended. Damaged trim, siding, windows, and exterior doors can often be a sign that the roof system is not performing properly due to unseen damage. Foundation damage can occur, and water may enter the basement. Having a professional roofing contractor perform an annual roof inspection and make all needed repairs immediately will extend the life of the roof and eliminate the possibility of many issues becoming major costly repairs or resulting in total roof replacement. Many factors can affect the life you can expect from your roof.
What Factors Affect the Life of an Austin Roof Replacement?
The life expectancy of any roof will depend on the quality of the materials used in its construction, the professionalism of the roof company performing the installation, and the consistency of proper preventive maintenance. Different types of roofing will have various life expectancies.
How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?
Asphalt shingles are by far the most common type of roofing Austin homeowners choose. Compared to most other options, asphalt shingles cost less for the materials as well as the installation. The diversity of styles, colors, and other features can ensure a perfect solution exists for the expectations, desires, and budgets of many homeowners. Because there are different types of asphalt shingles, realistic life expectancies can range from as few as 12 or 15 years to more than 30 years. The most affordable types of asphalt shingles are called three-tab shingles, and they have the shortest life. In Central Texas, homeowners rarely see these shingles last for more than 18 or 20 years, and they can show signs of severe degradation before they are 15 years old. Architectural shingles are a step up from the three-tab kind, and these can last from 15 to 25 years. Premium shingles are the top-of-the-line type. If properly installed and maintained, these should last for about 30 years, and it is not uncommon for them to have even longer lives.
How Long Do Metal Roofs Last?
Depending on the type, metal roofs can last from 25 years to over 100 years. Ribbed metal panel roofs with exposed fasteners are the most affordable type and can last for 25 to 40 years. Ribbed metal panel roofs with concealed fasteners can last for 50 years or more. Metal roofs made from premium metals can last over 100 years; stainless steel, titanium, zinc, and copper are popular choices for premium metal roofs. Metal shingle roofs are gaining in popularity because of their low cost and wide range of styles. Metal shingles typically last between 30 and 50 years, but longer lives have been recorded.
How Long Does Rolled Roofing Last?
Also known as mineral-surfaced roll roofing, this type of material is a popular choice for flat roofs. Some homeowners choose to have the roof over a garage, addition, or deck constructed with a minimal slope so that they can use the space for storage, outdoor activities, or equipment installation. Asphalt shingles are not suitable for flat roofs, but roll roofing is available in many colors that will match the color of the shingles on the rest of the house. Roll roofing is the cheapest type of roof covering commonly used in Central Texas. It also has the shortest life. Most roll roofing needs to be replaced within eight years, and it is not uncommon for it to require replacement in as few as five years.
Can Alpha Help With an Austin Roof Replacement?
Alpha Roofing offers a wide range of roof services, including the installation of asphalt shingles, metal roofs, roll roofing, skylights, and flashing. We also offer chimney repair, emergency roof repair, routine maintenance plans, damage inspections, and commercial roofing services. We have earned numerous awards for our craftsmanship and customer service, but our rates are highly competitive. For a free quote, call our office in Round Rock at 512-777-1086 or submit your information by completing the online request form.