A roofs lifespan can vary greatly, depending on the material, roof type, and weather conditions. Different parts of the world will use different materials and even widely varying rooflines. Technological advances in shingle material have also lengthened the life of residential roofs. It’s common for most roofs, in southern Indiana to last 15 to 20 years. Unfortunately, there are factors that can greatly shorten a shingles life.
Debris on your roof can cause deterioration. Limbs, bark, or anything else that might wind up on your roof should be removed. Algae and moss can also cause a roofs lifespan to be cut short. Normal maintenance by cleaning a roof with copper sulfate or zinc chloride can help inhibit the growth of algae. Other solutions may be available, check with your roofing manufacturer before cleaning.
Want a roof that will last 400 years?
Believe it or not, there are shingles, made out of slate that advertise a lifespan of 80 to 400 years! These high end shingles are costly in both materials used and installation. A slate shingle roof is not for everyone and is far from the most common residential roofing material used.
Asphalt shingles remain the most popular roofing material in the US because of it’s durability, life cycle cost, time cost to installers, and warranties available. Contact us at Chapman Construction to find out which roof is best for your home or business. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have and provide a free, competitive quote.