Next-door neighbors with roofs installed simultaneously often find themselves confused when one needs a replacement before the other. The truth is there is no riddle to the situation. Many factors attack your roof independently from that of your neighbor.
Let's talk about what impacts the lifespan of your roof.
Why Might Identical Roofs Have Different Lifespans?
Here are 11 contributions to having an earlier roof replacement than your neighbor:
1. The location of your trees. Trees have the potential to protect or harm your roof. If you have them in the right spot, they can:
On the other hand, if your trees stand too close to your house, they may:
2. The amount of residents in your home. The more people living in one house, the warmer it is, and the higher the cooling costs. Humans create a lot of condensation within an enclosed space. Each person adds moisture to your residence by:
Excess moisture leads to mold and mildew.
3. The design. Asphalt shingles aren't as durable as other materials like metal. Furthermore, the slope could encourage pooling, and if the roof is dark, it can absorb heat and degrade faster.
4. Negligence of ongoing maintenance. If you aren't performing ongoing maintenance, you may miss warning signs before damage occurs.
5. The size of your house. According to eia.gov, “Space heating and air conditioning account for a much smaller share of household energy use in apartments than in detached single-family homes.”
6. Quality of installation. If a roofer installed your roof poorly, you may experience leaks and failures earlier than usual.
7. Constant repair. It is more expensive to constantly repair your roof than to get one replacement.
8. Curling or cracked shingles. These are signs of brittle shingles that will break down and can blow away.
9. Moss or algae growth. Moss and algae absorb water. The moisture degrades shingles and invites mold.
10. Bald spots. Without granules, your shingles can't protect your roof effectively.
11. Missing shingles. Your roof WILL leak without shingles.
Your roof is vulnerable to elements of your lifestyle and factors you can't control, so roofs don't always last as long as their twin.
Whether you'd like to start with a roof inspection, get repairs, or a replacement, call Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors at 616-772-9700 or fill out our contact form for a FREE estimate. We service West Michigan.
Great. So, a tree branch or piece of debris punctured your roof. You should stop what you're doing and get it fixed ASAP. If you live in West Michigan, Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors will prevent further damage from occurring.
Damage Will Get Worse With Time.
Is a perforated roof an exigent situation? Yes. As time goes on, the damage will get worse, and the repair costs will go up.
When debris breaks your roof, it can expose leaks that cause interior damage, like water stains and mold. Mold and mildew are dangerous for breathing and allergies. Additionally, you may notice a draft and higher utility bills.
Fix Your Roof Immediately.
Since fixing a fractured roof is urgent, call a roofing professional immediately. If you're unsure if the damage is there, book an inspection with a roofer. They can determine the source of the puncture, so it doesn't reoccur.
Roof repair is cost-efficient because it prevents replacement fees and a spike in energy bills, and you can choose only to repair the affected area.
In the meantime, minimize foot traffic on your roof, or avoid walking on it to prevent further exterior and interior damage.
If you suspect a hole in your roof, call Town Corners Roofing and Exteriors at 616-732-9700, or fill out our form for a FREE estimate. It's a pressing matter that requires a professional roofer.
What are a safe house and low energy bills worth to you?
April showers bring May flowers, or do they bring roof leaks?
Read this guide to be able to identify the signs of a roof leak by inspecting the interior and exterior of your house.
Why Is My Roof Leaking During Heavy Rain?
If you wait to repair a leak, even if it's small, you'll likely need a complete roof replacement. Because if left unattended, roof rot, mold, and mildew will develop.
When the snow melts, your roof becomes vulnerable. During the winter, ice dams block water from the gutters, forcing it to run back up the roof and seep under the shingles. Ice can crack the roof membrane due to the freeze-thaw cycle. When ice liquefies, it can dislodge the flashing. Gutters can sag and pull away from hydraulic pressure. Now add Spring rain to the mix, and you’ve got a leak!
How Do I Know If My Roof Is Leaking?
Look for these indoor signs of a leak:
Search for these outdoor signals of a leak:
Keep your home safe. West Michigan's Spring thaw can affect your roof in many ways. So, if you notice any indications of a leak, request a FREE Roof Inspection today!