How to Extend the Life of your Roof

Your roof is the back bone of your home. It keeps you safe and dry. No more so than in 2022 when we all suffered through that La Nina, but at least it gave us Melbournians some weather to complain about.

Replacement of your roof can be an expensive task, but here at Portervac we can source the tiles and replace your roof from start to finish; all whilst keeping the job in house.

roofing professional repairing a roof in Melbourne

So, why not extend the lifespan of your roof and reduce the need to replace (or repair) your roof?

We’re going to delve into lifespans and why it’s beneficial to extend the life of your roof.

What is the Lifespan of the Average Roof?

We’ve written before and broken down for you, the average lifespan of different roofing types here.

But here’s a summary of average lifespans:

  • Asphalt shingles: 25-30 years
  • Wood shingles and shakes: 25-30 years
  • Terracotta: 75 years
  • Metal roofing: 50-75 years
  • Clay and concrete tiles: 50+ years
  • Slate: sometimes 100+

These are general estimates and actual lifespan can vary depending on factors such as the quality of the materials, the installation, and the level of maintenance and care the roof receives over time. Additionally, the climate, sun exposure and tree coverage in your area also play a role. Please note, these estimates are more for the roof tile or roof type and not the cement mortar (these works seem to be replaced every 15 years on average).

a roof in need of repair in Melbourne

Perhaps your roof is getting near the end of its average lifespan and you’re concerned; you’re not in a position right now to replace your roof.

What can you do?

Why not extend its lifespan? Here’s how you can extend the life of your roof…

Here’s How to Extend the Life of your Roof

  • Regular inspection and maintenance: A roofing professional can perform a roof assessment and inspect your roof once a year to identify and fix any issues before they become major problems – just like this customer did (see Kate)
  • Clean your roof regularly. Remove debris, moss/lichen, animals, leaves etc. Any detritus on a roof can cause water pooling and damage.
  • Address leaks promptly. Any noticeable leaks should be addressed, fixed and assessed for cause. When you see a stain on your plaster, appreciate that a stain is a sign that something bigger is happening and needs to assessed urgently. Much like your car leaking oil, this is the first sign that something is wrong and if not repaired it can be very costly.
  • Trim overhanging branches. They can rub against a roof causing damage and leave debris (as above).
  • Use appropriate materials, tiles and cleaning equipment for your roof and climate to ensure it can withstand the elements and its natural lifespan is not shortened with inappropriate chemicals or weather.
  • Proper ventilation – do not let excessive heat or moisture build up inside your roof as this may decrease its natural lifespan.

And, just in case it’s not clear, here is the benefit to extending the life of your roof – so you don’t forget…

What is the Benefit of extending the life of your Roof?

The benefits are fairly obvious, but here’s a handy list:

  • Cost saving – delaying the need for a replacement
  • Energy efficiency – warmer in winter and cooler in summer, as well as reducing your energy bills
  • Improved aesthetic appeal – your home will look more attractive and more appealing to buyers, if you’re planning to sell
  • Increased safety: a well-maintained roof can help to prevent leaks and other damage that can compromise the structural integrity of your home.
  • Better protection for your home: A well-maintained roof will better protect your home from the elements such as rain, snow and sun.
  • Peace of mind, knowing your home is well-protected.

Save yourself time and money by extending the life of your roof. The benefits are significant and there’s no downside in taking care of the backbone of your property.

If you need a roofing expert to help you maintain the life of your roof, get in touch to organise an appointment.

What is the lifespan of the average roof?

Here is a summary of average lifespans:
- Asphalt shingles: 25-30 years
- Wood shingles and shakes: 25-30 years
- Terracotta: 75 years
- Metal roofing: 50-75 years
- Clay and concrete tiles: 50+ years
- Slate: 100+

How to extend the lifespan of a roof

There are a number of ways to extend the life of your roof including repair, maintenance, regular cleaning and using appropriate materials and cleaning products.

What is the benefit of extending the life of your roof?

There are many benefits the most significant are cost savings, energy-efficiency, comfort and aesthetics.

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