How Long Will Your Austin Roof Last?
Storm Guard of Austin
Whether it’s a new construction or just a new roof, you want it to last as long as possible. So just how long is possible? That will depend on several factors - some of which are in your control, others of which are not.
Below we’ll discuss how long you can expect a new asphalt-shingled roof to last in Austin, factors that affect its lifespan, and what you can do to prolong the timeline as long as possible.
Understanding Your Roof’s Lifespan
First, the hard truth. Asphalt shingles, even those marketed as 30-year shingles, rarely last the full 30 years on homes in Central Texas.
More realistically, we see the average lifespan of an Austin roof made with asphalt shingles lasting roughly 20 years.
Factors that affect a roof’s 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. Rain, hail, wind and other natural disasters can also quickly damage an otherwise good structure.
How to Prolong a Roof’s Lifespan
Next, the good news.
The best and most effective way to help your roof go the distance is to stay on top of maintenance. Admittedly, this can be more challenging than taking care of other parts of your home. For one, it involves a ladder, and often this type of work is best left to a professional who has the equipment and experience to do it safely. Moreover, it can be easy to forget about our roof as it’s not something we may consciously think about every day.
To make it a little less daunting, we’ve compiled this homeowner’s guide to roof maintenance. We also recommend calling us for annual roof inspections. This is an easy way to prevent expensive problems from surfacing because it enables you to stay on top of smaller repairs. Keeping up with repairs is almost always better for your budget and it will prolong the life of your current roof.
To ask your questions about roof repairs and replacement or to schedule a roofing inspection with our team at Storm Guard of SW Austin, please give us a call at (512) 843-0078 today.