How Long Does a Roof Last in Austin?
Storm Guard of Austin
Knowing the age and condition of your roof is just part of the job description if you’re a Texas homeowner. Not only does a good roof protect you from the elements, it can also prevent significant costs associated with property damage if water does start to seep in.
Here in Central Texas, we see the average lifespan of an Austin roof made with asphalt shingles lasting roughly 20 years.
Factors that shorten that timespan include things like poor ventilation in the home. This can lead to a buildup of heat and humidity in the attic, which can then more quickly age the shingles.
Other natural elements like sun, rain, hail and wind also take their toll on our roofs. Depending on the quality of materials and workmanship used during the roofing process, these things may also wear out more quickly.
The Importance of Roof Maintenance
While for some, a roof can be out of sight, out of mind, it’s important to pay close attention to your roof’s condition and stay on top of routine maintenance. Doing so can help prolong the life of your existing roof.
Here are a few simple steps you should do on a regular basis:
- Clean out gutters and ensure adequate drainage – You want any rainwater that hits your roof to be able to easily flow out and away from your home.
- Keep your roof free of debris – Leaves, twigs and other debris should all be kept off your roof to minimize damage and allow any rainwater to run off.
- Schedule routine roof inspections – A professional roofer knows what to look for when it comes to problem areas on your roof. Moreover, taking action to preventatively repair any minor damage could save you thousands of dollars down the road and help you get the most out of your current roof.
If you would like to schedule a roof inspection or have questions about roof repairs or replacements, get in touch with our team at Storm Guard of SW Austin today.