When it comes to building a long and healthy roof, there are two main factors that determine how long your roof will last: how long it has been exposed to the weather, and how well it is maintained.
When it comes to having a roof that lasts for a year or more, it is important to take care of it. You can reduce the chance of your roof needing maintenance by having a good rain barrel and/or by keeping up with cleaning and spreading of leaves as mulch. You can also try putting down winterizing agents such as salt or thermal blankets if you have warm weather months coming.
The second area where owners can help their roof is in promoting water conservation. Since roofs are such an obvious source of water, careful monitoring and care can help prevent overwatering and damage.
This article will go more in depth on these topics and give tips on how to improve your rooftop management.
Determining the life of your roof
As mentioned earlier, water is a major ingredient in roofing. Any water that is present will determine the lifespan of your roof. This includes snow melts, rain, and de-icing blankets.
Since roofs are mostly exposed to weather, they last longer in heavy storms. In less severe storms, roofs can last a few years!
ODA roofing recommends Testing Your Roof Every Three Years. This means checking to see if your roof is leaking or has any obvious signs of damage.
If any of these problems are noticed, then your roof should be replaced sooner! Fortunately, most time of the year checks are not that necessary as only snow covers the ground for a short time during winter months.
When does it need to be checked? Once a year is enough! Checking every three years provides an accurate check to see if anything has changed since the last test.
When it comes to roofing materials, there are two main categories: asphaltic and silver. These two types of roofs have different lifespans.
Asphaltic roofs last the shortest out of the two types. This type is typically seen on older homes as they do not get replacement windows and doors.
Silver roofs have a slightly longer lifespan than asphaltic roofs. This type can be seen on newer homes as they can add value to a property due to the metal frame.
How long a roof lasts is based on what material it is and why you need one in Chicago. If you are needing a new roof in the area, look into new asphaltic or silver roofs to help with lifespan preservation.
Location of the roof
When you’re thinking about how long your roof should last, you need to know where it’s located. The roof should be placed in relation to other parts of the house.
The roof is a large structure, so check with your landlord to see if it’s considered a hot water system or an attic.
An attic would be outside and not under a roof, which is what a roof is. A hot water system would be in a room with standing water, which could be very long lasting.
The lifespan of roofs can vary greatly. Some last for years, while others are quicky destroyed. This is due to the weather being able to touch them, or just passing by too quickly.
There are ways to make roofs last longer, such as not sitting on them when it rains, using high quality insulation around them, and keeping up with patching any holes that occur.
Construction of the roof
After the foundation is poured, the roofer lays a layer of asphaltic material over the top. This creates the roof structure. Once this is done, the ceiling can be painted and fans or decorations added.
After that, he or she will paint the ceiling white to avoid any glare from the lights in the room. After that, they will paint some accents in various colors to add some texture.
Then, they will paint some nondesigns on top of that to add even more texture. These nondesigns could be symbols or things that represent what room it is in and what it’s for.
Finally, they will paint a light coat of matte finish on top to complete the roof surface. This last step protects the concrete from drips and marks caused by heavy rain.
Does it have a lifespan warranty?
If your roof starts to look thin or thin spots start to appear, it is time to get it repaired. There are some companies that can come out and repair your roof for you if necessary.
Many residential roofs are not guaranteed until the manufacturer says so. After that, the roof owner has to go through a process of testing and approval before they make it on the house. It is still worth going through this process as even small amounts of rain can cause small leaks.
The approval takes a little bit but it is worth it as then you have a quality roof to put up with the rest of the house. Having a little bit of water coming off of it is good for sustainability as well as keeping you dry during hard winter months.
When going through this approval process, they will test your roof for water penetration and whether or not it is safe to sit on. They will also check for possible weatherization programs which can help with keeping your home warm enough for comfort alone.
How often is the roof cleaned?
Most roofs are not waterproof, which is why buildings need to be cleaned often. Without cleaning the roof, water can get inside and cause damage.
Additionally, roofs are heavy duty, which can make them last longer than others. Because roofs are expensive, they get special care.
How often the roof is cleaned depends on what kind of roof it is. Some cleaners give more frequent checks than others. Most reputable cleaners keep a record of when each cleaning has been done to ensure quality results.
Having a quality record helps maintain trust with the neighbors and building owners, who may ask questions about how often the roof is cleaned and what they did to it.
Does the roof face the sun?
If the roof is insulated, the ambient temperature can be a big factor in how long the insulation keeps heat in. As heat goes in, cold air stays.
Some roofs have a slope that pushes warm air up and away from the building. This allows more time for the insulation to retain heat. In these cases, the roof may last much longer than an uninsulated roof.
When we talk about solar systems, we are talking about large, modern buildings with highly insulated interiors. The natural sun tends to go down anyways, so when it does shine, it doesn’t stay long.
Has it been repaired?
If the roof has failed in some way, you may be required to repair it. In this case, you will need to determine the age of the roof and when it was last repaired.
Most roofs are twenty to thirty years old and were recently patched. This is how long it has been sitting unused!
If the roof is more than twenty years old, then there is a higher chance that it needs replacing. Most roofers would recommend a fifteen to twenty year lifespan for a roof, but no one ever lasts that long!
When looking at the roof for damage, there are some things that can be checked. These include solar radiation exposure, snowfall exposure, heat exposure, and thermal exposedness.