High-quality roofing products, even ones installed by professional roof replacement services, do not last forever. Their life spans may be longer depending on the quality of their production and installation, but eventually, they will also reach the end of their service. While the technology to build and design a “permanent” roof is still a long way away from reality, it’s important to understand why roofs only last as long as they do.
There are many factors that can contribute to the natural deterioration of a roof. Many roofing companies study these factors to develop products that are more resistant, providing you with higher quality and stronger roofs. Here are a few of the reasons behind roofing wear and tear explained by our experts at Genesis Roofing.
Your roof begins to break down as soon as your roofing company finishes its installation. This is thanks mostly to the heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun. UV rays take decades before making a noticeable impact on asphalt shingles, but they are the number one reason why roofs do not last indefinitely. In addition, heat also accelerates the degradation of asphalt shingles, ultimately limiting its life span.
Aside from accelerating the effects of UV rays, heat also tends to expand most roofing materials. This, coupled with the contraction brought about by cooler temperatures of other seasons puts your roof in a constant thermal expansion and contraction cycle which could eventually wear it out.
It’s important to hire a licensed roofing contractor to thoroughly inspect and maintain your roof at least once every two to three years. In some areas, it’s even recommended to do it as often as once every year. Regular preventative maintenance is crucial in keeping your roof long-lasting, and can even add a year or two to its estimated life span.
Talk to our professionals at Genesis Roofing for all your roof replacement, maintenance, and repair needs. Give us a call at (515) 202-1667 or fill out our contact form to schedule an inspection visit and request a free estimate on roof replacements today. We serve homeowners in Clive and other nearby IA areas.