One of the most important parts of a home is sometimes (ironically) the least thought about and that’s the roof. Whenever you have work done on your home, such as renovations, it always tends to be something in the yard or bathroom. However, the roof is not only important for various and obvious reasons, but if damage occurs, especially damage that could have been prevented, it can get pretty expensive to repair.
It is always worthwhile to get the right quality roofing supplies and make sure to check on it and do maintenance before a huge problem occurs. Here are some things you need to know about what can affect your roof.
1. Type Of Materials Used
There are some common roofing types in general, which most people use for residential homes. These are laminate shingles, wood shingles and metal roofing. Metal roofing in general has the longest life span followed by wood shingles and laminate shingles. There are also asphalt shingles that can have a life span of about 18 years.
Using good quality roofing supplies can help to keep your roof healthier for a longer period. Metal roofs can last about 45 years. One thing to keep in mind, especially in a country like Canada is that the expected lifespan of roofs can be reduced by 20% or so, due to the climate and precipitation. Having a precipitation-heavy climate that is also humid can reduce the manufacturers’ claims of the life expectancy of roofing materials.
2. Colour Of The Roof
If possible, try not to use a darker roof. This is because a darker roof tends to absorb more heat. This factor alone can cause some deterioration and breakage, causing repairs to be done and the eventual replacement of it. Darker roofs are vulnerable to heat, so keep this in mind.
3. Ultraviolet Rays
UV rays can cause the premature ageing of your roof. The sun’s heat and UV rays combine to cause your roof to wear down in time. This will shorten the lifespan of your roof. A sunny climate in a heightened altitude is a bad combination, since the roof is closer to the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, there is not much you can do to argue with Mother Nature.
4. Roof Slope
The pitch or angle of the roof pertains to how steep the roof’s incline is. An extreme pitch is advisable because it is better and faster for precipitation run-off. Aesthetically, it is also in keeping with the latest styles. Keep in mind (before you make a commitment to the slope angle) that a higher-pitched roof in general will last longer. They are better at preventing problems such as seepage and damming.
5. Roof Ventilation
A roof’s ventilation is more than just controlling moisture. An unvented roof is vulnerable, no matter what kind of climate you live in, to all kinds of weather conditions which can lead to it deteriorating faster. It must have an efficient ventilating system, something a good and reliable roofing company can help you with. It can be below the initial roof layer or in your attic.
Get your roof installed by a reputable roofing company. Its performance can be affected if the wrong people install it. Shop around, check warranties, look at fire ratings (A, B or C) and make sure there are no structural problems before you install a new roof.