- Asphalt Roll Roof
Duration: The Asphalt Roll roof will last a minimum of 5 years and up to a maximum of 10 years.
Should you use it? Not really, unless it is a side project that you are working on. It is easy to install but can cause a lot of maintenance issues. Hence Asphalt roll roofs are rarely seen on houses or apartment building. Sheds and temporary storage units are the most common units with this sort of installation.
How do you make it last longer? The Asphalt Roofing system can become a pain, and there is very little that you can do about it; the only way to increase the lifespan of the roof made of asphalt roll is to ensure that the roof is free of debris.
- Composite Shingle Roof
Duration: The Composite shingle roof is one of the most common types of roofing system as it stands for a minimum of 15 years and if well maintained, can last for up to 50 years.
Should you use it? The essential thing is to understand that not all composite shingle roofs last for 50 years. Only the premium quality ones do, and that can be a shock really to a lot of house owners. Composite shingle roofs are cheap to install, and thus a lot of house owners go down this path thinking that they are installing a roof that will last 50 years. But not all composite shingle roofs make it beyond 15.
How do you make it last longer? The important thing is not to get overzealous and power wash your roof; that can greatly damage your roof. The important thing is to look out for moss growth and get rid of it as soon as you spot moss formation on the roof. Also consider a house painter who can also reseal and paint your roof.
- Slate Roof
Duration: The slate roof is by far the best roofing material, and it is said to last for over a hundred years.
Should you use it? Did you know that slate roofs that were placed when Shakespeare was alive are still standing due to how durable they are? You should use it if you have a property that you have no plans of refurbishing anytime soon or have plans to move elsewhere after a period of time. They are perfect for all roofs, but require special installations to support the weight of the slabs and can thus be expensive and time-consuming to install.
How do you make it last longer? Two things are vital to prolonging the life of the slate roof. Firstly, replace slabs if they are broken or have cracks on them. Secondly, if the copper flashings turn dark or black, then it is time that the flashings were replaced. Roof repairs should be done by an experienced roofing company to ensure you get a quality installation that will last for years.