How long will my new roof last

The roof is a very important part of the house because it obviously keeps you dry and protected. This is why most homeowners think it is wise to spend money in making their roof last for a long time. Its longevity depends on the quality of the materials used, its maintenance, and your location. Ask yourself these questions: Did you use the best quality materials for the roof? When was the last time you hired someone to check it? Does the climate or weather in your area affect your roofs?

When you notice leaking, some missing shingles, you need to fix it right away to prevent damages in the future.

I remember renting a very nice, cheap, and spacious apartment in the city. My friends told me that the price was too good to be true, and that maybe it’s because the apartment has it’s deep dark secret yet to unveil.

A few weeks passed since I moved in and I noticed that the roof was leaking. I saw water stains embedded on my ceiling shaped like a malnourished sheep. My roommate, on the other hand, complained about the water leaks climbing down the walls in her room. We asked the landlady for a repair but no repairman or carpenter came. And then one stormy night, while I was cooking dinner, I caught a glimpse of red flickering lights coming from upstairs and a sound as if something that blew up. I stayed for a while downstairs to make sure it is safe, and then I called my roommate who was on her way home that time that something weird happened. When I checked her room, I saw a burnt socket with her fan still plugged in and a dripping wet floor. There had been a short circuit because the water trickled down the walls to the socket.

It’s a good thing it did not start any fire and we were all safe that night. But after that incident we made sure that the landlady hired some carpenters to change the roof and the ceiling and a technician to repair the burnt socket.

May this experience bring lesson to you guys, especially those who happen to cross paths with an apartment with a very sketchy price. You have to examine every detail of every parts of the house before you take it. Especially the roofs.

According to Teresa Mears, “Slate, copper and tile roofs can last more than 50 years. Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years, the NAHB found. Climate and weather conditions, such as snow, hail and hurricanes, can cut the life span of all types of roofs.”[1]

If you are a homeowner planning to sell your house, check how old the roofs are and asses if it is still in good condition. This is because most of the buyers nowadays can educate themselves through the internet on parts of the house to examine before buying the house. Do not worry about the money spent for roofs if it can last you for a lifetime.


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