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How Long Does A New Roof Usually Last?

A roof replacement is a massive investment and when you’re spending that much money, you what to know you’re receiving something that will last for years to come. Roofs are exposed to all of the elements. Where you live and what surrounds your property will help you to decide which material you use for your roof replacement.

Slate Roofing

Slate roofing, although expensive, is the material that offers the longest lifespan. Roofing installed with slate can last up to 150 years if properly maintained, and is almost guaranteed to reach at least 50 years. As it is a natural material it’s not subject to chemical processes during production. Slate can resist extremely high temperatures and is snow, fire, and water resistant.

To prolong the life of your slate roof, you should carry out regular ground inspections, ideally at least twice a year. People with slate roofs often experience one common problem, and this is when the nails corrode, causing the slates to slip. By looking at your roof from ground level regularly, you should be able to see if this issue has occurred.

If possible you should also access your roof space to check for leaks or damp as this is a clear sign that a slate has been damaged, or slipped out of place.

Tile Roofing

A cared for and well maintained tile roof can last for 50 years, although there are some exceptions where tile roofing has lasted for much longer. Tiles that are installed correctly offer great resistance to extreme weather conditions, usually performing better than many other roofing options. Roof tiles are also a fantastic insulator – helping to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

While the tiles can last for decades, the felt beneath often deteriorates sooner, usually after 20 to 40 years. To keep an efficient roofing system this felt must be replaced. Similarly to slate tiling, regular inspections from ground level are recommended and if any damage has occurred, it is best to get it repaired immediately.

Flat Roofing

When it comes to flat roofing, most guarantees will only last for 10 years. However, if properly installed and maintained the roofs can last for up to 25 years. Flat roofing will require more time and money to keep it in a sufficient state than slate or tile roofing would.

If you have a flat roof it is encouraged that you inspect the roof twice a year, preferably in the spring and autumn, and keep a record of all changed in the condition of the roof. Surface problems to look out for include blisters and bubbles, open seams and visible cracks. Drainage problems are also a sign that there are issues with your flat roofing. Standing water, clogged drains and rust can occur if this is the case.

Many homeowners try to extend the life of their flat roofing by repairing the surface every time they see the damage. This could cost more in the long run as there would be consistent damage caused to the structural systems. In these circumstances, a replacement may be more beneficial than carrying out repairs.

Contact Our Roofing Specialists

Whether you choose slate, tile, or flat roofing for your property, as long as regular care and maintenance take place, your roof should have an extremely long lifespan. For roofing advice and materials, contact Just Roofing Leicester for further information. Our team have been in the industry for more than 15 years and are more than happy to help.