When to replace the roof?
One of the questions that a Vancouver roofing company will get asked often is “When should I replace my roof”? People are curious to see whether their investment will pay off or not because purchasing and installing a new roof is no small home improvement. So, is there a way to know when to think about when to replace the roof before problems develop?
The answer differs on the type of roof that you want to have. Some of these options are a lot better than others so it does come down to budget, comfort and selecting the best options according to your needs. For example, metal roofing can be very challenging to maintain and it’s also a lot easier to damage when compared to asphalt roofing. Asphalt type roofs can last around 15 years without any maintenance but if you do maintain them properly then they might last even more than that.
Tile roofing can last 20+ years, but this also depends on the maintenance you do as well. It’s all about how much and how often you clean them, how you do that and if the roof was installed properly. Maintenance is a very good idea and results will certainly pay off in the long run.
Cedar shake roofing is designed to last for a very long time and it can work for up to 20 years or more depending if it was pressure treated, the thickness and grade of shake and regular maintenance. It does require a good maintenance regimen and you need to check its performance once a year to ensure maximum longevity.
Asphalt roofing is one of the most economical and durable roofing options. If you take care of it properly, then this type of roof can go up to 35 years (when using the highest quality shingle) without repairs. Like cedar shake roofs, regular maintenance is key to longevity.
How to maintain your roof?
Depending on the roof type, you should try and clean if often because leaves can easily damage it or leave unsightly stains. On top of that, you need to properly ventilate the hot air out of the attic by ensuring proper ventilation. Whether you perform the maintenance or you hire a roofing contractor, ensure that it is done on a regular basis to ensure that you have done your due diligence to extend the life of your roof.
Proper Ventilation is a necessity. If the air conditioning unit doesn’t have to work as hard in order to eliminate heat, then that is a good sign that your metal roofing/tile roofing is properly ventilated. This will save on cooling costs in the summer (not to mention, extend the life of your air conditioning unit!).
In the end, a reputable Vancouver roofing company should know how to install, maintain and replace these types of roofs. It’s always a good idea to work closely with them in order to maintain and even repair the necessary type of roof as fast as possible. If you do so then the results will certainly pay off, all you have to do is to call the roofing company when necessary and the entire set of problems will be solved. Keep these tips in mind and you will have no problem prolonging the life of your roof for many years to come!