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Raleigh Roofing: Article About Roof Life Expectancy

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When replacing a roof, most homeowners tend to wonder about how long the new roof will last. The answer can be complex as there are many things that must be taken into consideration in order to give an approximate estimate.

The first thing to keep in mind is whether it is a new roofing system or a re shingle. Re shingle is a term used within the industry to indicate that a new layer of shingles is being placed over an existing roof. A new roofing system means that the old shingles are removed and new underlay and shingles are placed on the home.

A new roofing system should last about 20 years in favorable conditions. A re shingle may last between 10 and 15 years. Of course, this is only an estimate because other factors need to be taken into consideration. Many roofing systems last a lot longer than 20 years, with some manufacturers now offering a 40 year warranty on their products.

The next thing that most Raleigh roofing companies consider when providing an estimate on how long a roof system will last is the local weather. Weather conditions play a huge factor in the lifespan of a roof. Strong storms, excessive rains, snow, ice and tropical weather can play a role in reducing the life span of a roof.

The roofing company experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh can assist you with any questions regarding decks or metal roofing.

The conduction of regular roof maintenance is a crucial factor as well. Cleaning and inspecting the roof on a yearly basis can help eliminate problems like black mold or blue algae infestations, damaged shingles and issues with flashing that may lead to a leak. Inspecting a roof on an annual basis can extend the life of the roof.

The type of roof covering selected for the job can also impact the life of the roof. Shingle brands and quality levels should be considered before making a decision about what to use on the roof. Saving a few dollars on a discount shingle may cause the homeowner to replace the roof five or more years earlier than anticipated.

A final consideration that must be reviewed regards the company selected to perform the roof replacement. A homeowner can purchase the most expensive shingles or tiles available, but if the company they choose does not install them properly, the roof will need to be replaced again in a short period of time. Make sure that the roofing company is licensed, insured and qualified to perform the job.

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