What Causes a Roof to Wear Out?

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Every part of your home will eventually need some sort of maintenance, repairs or replacements and your roof is no different. The natural service life of a roof tends to be 7-10 years for your standard shingle roof. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last a century given they don’t experience any external damage.

Living in Maine does have more inherent risks for your roof compared to other locations which is why you should always go with a local roofing company for any repairs or replacements you may need. Understanding the extra wear and tear Maine homes go through helps to ensure that every job is done with this requirement in mind. So what exactly is our team looking to combat when it comes to protecting a roof?

Factors That Shorten Roof Lifespans

As you may have experienced already, mother nature is the biggest threat to your roof’s ability to live a long life. Here are five forces of nature that commonly lead to extra roof wear and tear as well as actual damages that need repaired.

Snow and Ice

It’s common knowledge that heaps of snow on your roof will add an immense amount of weight that has to be carried by the home’s structure. Not only can this cause the construction to start deteriorating more quickly, melted snow or rain that then freezes can expand and cause cracks or complete separation of roof materials and even your gutter.

Heavy Rain

Rainy season can bring unseen problems to your roofing system that need monitored to make sure there are no signs of internal damage. The impact of the rain on the roof itself will make shingles erode much faster, revealing the underlying materials that aren’t made to withstand as much weather. If any moisture finds its way inside, you risk mold and weakened structures becoming a concern.

Destructive Winds

Due to the layered nature of most roofs, high-speed wind is one of the most common factors when it comes to roof wear and tear. Singles and shakes that use a low quality adhesive or are poorly installed can be pulled directly from the roof given high enough wind speeds. Always make sure your roofer utilizes the best materials and vendors around on every job.

Another piece of nature that seems to team up with high winds is the presence of trees on your property. Trees that are not properly maintained can encroach on your roof’s surface area and dislodge or create gaps between shingles. Branches can also strip the protective and reflective layers from the top of a shingle which drastically reduces its service life.

Harsh Sunlight

Maine has a below-average amount of sunny days compared to the rest of the country but that doesn’t mean the sun’s rays aren’t a concern. The outer layer of granules on a shingle are what helps to protect and redirect the UV rays beaming down onto your roof and will eventually erode and leave the surface bare.

Whether your concern is rain, snow, sun or wind, you’ll want to make sure that the roofing system you’re having installed is handled professionally and with materials suited for the local climate. Don’t settle for fly-by-night roofers that approach every job the same. Let our experts go over the details of your home and your goals to find the best plan of action that fits your budget and schedule.