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What Do I Need to Know About My New Roof?

Are you thinking about investing in a new roof for your home? Do you wonder how long it should last and how much return on investment you'll get?

Well, wonder no more.

Here's a breakdown of the average life span of a roof and the materials roofers use to build it.

Roofing options

There's more than meets the eye when choosing a roof. While color, aesthetic and cost should be significant factors, the life span of the roof is just as, if not more, important.

You see, the average new roof life span can vary between several decades. Choose a roof that lasts 50 or more years, and your return on investment goes up incrementally.

Here are the average life spans for new roof types:

  • Asphalt. This common new roof type has a ton of benefits, such as a lower up front cost, the fact that it's widely available and easy to install. On the other hand, it doesn't last very long. You can expect a new asphalt roof to serve you well for as many as 20 years, especially if it's installed properly and you maintain it over the years.
  • Metal. This type of roof is very durable. These roofs require very little maintenance but they do cost a bit more to install. However, the payoff comes over the life span of the roof, which is set at about 40 years. Many new metal roofs last longer than that.
  • Wood or shake. Wood roofing products are attractive and interesting; however, because of the nature of having a wood product on the roof, they are prone to moisture issues. As such, maintenance on these roofs are high. If you keep it sealed properly over the years, it can last as long as 20 or even 30 years.
  • Tile or slate. The best performers out of all the new roofs, tile and slate roofs stay the course,with a properly installed and maintained roof lasting 100 years. While many homeowners don't stay in their homes long enough to enjoy the roof's full lifespan, a sturdy, durable roof like tile or slate is a strong selling point.

The type of roof you choose has more to do with its look. Consider maintenance, up-front costs, life span and return on investment. For more information about life span, cost and ROI of a new roof, contact Findlay Roofing today!

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