Though Best Buy Housing roofs are built with high quality materials, and durability in mind, roofs still suffer regular wear and tear, especially during storms. It’s important to know how to care for your roof, because nobody wants a leaky roof!
If the roof of your new home is sloped, it will typically be surfaced with asphalt or fiberglass shingles, cedar shingles or shakes, clay or concrete tile, metal or a composite manufactured product. If you’re wondering how long your roof will last, The typical life expectancy of these various roof materials ranges from 10 – 25 years.
The life expectancy of the roof will depend on the product used and the care and maintenance provided. Loose, broken or missing shingles following heavy windstorms should be repaired or replaced. It should be noted that most manufacturer’s warranties for shingles do not cover wind damage in conditions exceeding 80 kph (50 mph) unless otherwise specified. Storm related damage is not the builder’s responsibility; therefore, maintenance repairs should be made as soon as possible after such occurrences to prevent leakage. Leakage can cause serious damage to the interior of your new home or further damage to the remainder of the roof.
All forms of roofing are intended to shed water and prevent its entry into the residence. Obstructions that prevent the free flow of water off of the roof surface or to a drain can cause leakage. The roof must be kept free of debris and build-up of ice or snow. While cleaning the roof is recommended annually, the roof surface should also be checked for excess debris after every heavy windstorm. This is especially true if trees surround the home.
All penetrations through the roof, such as skylights, pluming stacks, vents etc., need to be checked annually and re-sealed as necessary.
Though caring for your roof can seem like a pain, you’ll thank yourself later when your home is free of leaks, make sure you take the time to care for your roof!
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