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How Long Does Re-Roof Last?

In time a person’s house requires to be redone due to a lot of wear and tear that causes the roof of your house to start rotting, giving in, or paint that has gone off. So it becomes an essential requirement for your roof to be taken care of, but some people wonder how long does re-roof lasts? No one wants to do this massive job again after 5 or 10 years; that’s why I looked into it.

There’s a variety of roof materials that all last differently. For example, roofs made of slate, copper, or tile will last you a comfortable amount of more than 50 years. On the other hand, wooden shake roofs only last around 30 years, compared to fiber cement shingles low 25 years and composition even less than that.

It all depends on the weather environment you live in; a harsher environment like snow, a lot of rain, or high heat will reduce the lifetime of roofs. However, having the right roof material in place and sustaining its quality will ensure a long life.

Re-Roof Lifespan

Fixing up your roof requires quite the labor but will defiantly make your house look brand new once it is done. Roofs are a very vital part of your house; it provides you with the necessary protection your family needs and more.  So having a broken or worn-out roof ultimately starts to impact the rest of your house.

Re-roofing is the term used to explain the process of repairing or either replacing your roof. Re-roofing will depend on how bad your roof’s quality is and whether it would be necessary to replace it or do repairs. Unfortunately, some people don’t have the money to do major repairs, but thankfully there’s a lot of options for one to choose from.

The best and expensive side of things is concrete and clay tiled roofing, the most common choices. The production methods to create these two options make them pricey. However, they are the strongest and most durable option that will get you the longest lifespan. Its only weakness is age; the tiles will become brittle over time but can easily be replaced.

The other option is metal roofing that comes in sheets. If the sheets are made of strong metal, they can be durable and last long. This metallic roofing gives houses the best all-around protection against unexpected weather and decay. The only downside to this roofing is that it’s loud when it rains.

Composition-type roofing is the cheaper option; it’s growing in its fame over the last few years as a roofing option due to its ease of installation and production. The only downside is its low life span and weakness to extreme weather. So, in the long run, it’s a costly option. However, for houses in moderate weather conditions, it should be good.

Ease Of Replacement

Another point people tend to look at is the ease of replacing roofs; if the job isn’t easy, that means it will cost more as well. The most popular and commonly found roofing material option in the U.S. is asphalt shingles made from composite material. It’s affordable and the easiest to install.

Asphalt shingles can become an expensive option depending on the brand and weather conditions. However, they are more cost-effective than slate tiles and metal roofing options. What’s great about asphalt tiling is that it can be made to look like another type of material like wood or other natural options that will cost you half the price of the natural material.

The most labor-intensive installation option is clay or tile roofing that requires a lot of time to complete but is worth the cost. Thankfully though, if one tile breaks due to old age or perhaps something fell on top of it, it can be easily replaced among the rest of the tiles. However, you will need to ensure that the tile matches the ones you have on top already.

Though metal roofing can be installed as DIY projects, the metal sheets are heavy for a one-person job. So it will be necessary to have at least a few extra sets of hands to do the work, unlike with concrete or clay tiling.  Though the wait of the metal sheets will vary depending on the type of metal, it is made of. For instance, aluminum roofing would be a bit lighter than others.

Re-Roofing Asphalt Shingles

Re-Roofing is usually done with asphalt shingles that have taken a beating over some time. Re-roofing is the quickest and cheapest restoration option to get rid of the old-looking shingles.

The process of re-roofing composes laying down a new layer of shingles to restore the roof’s look. Applying a new layer will prevent any leaks from getting through the roof to the house when it rains. If there is a layer of existing shingles, then that allows you to re-roof your house. A re-roof of asphalt shingles will last you around 20 to 25 years.

If your house has been re-roofed before, you will need to get a full replacement of your house’s roof, as regulation codes prohibit households from doing a second re-roof. That would result in too much weight on top of the house’s roof frame, which can be a hazard.

Conclusion

Re-roofing for most roofs is worth it, depending on the material. If you’re looking for roofing that will last a lifetime, it’s best to go with concrete or clay tiles to do so. On top of that, they are a lot easier to replace on your own, making them cost-effective.  It all comes down to costs and what type of aesthetic you’re looking for from your roof.

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Jordan Harris

From the earliest age I can remember, I was planning and building things, and there was no question that Architecture was the right career fit for me. With more than 20 years of experience in the industry, I am absolutely thrilled and privileged to share my knowledge and experience with everyone through this blog.

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