When you’re investing in a replacement roof, you want longevity. Ideally, something that will last a lifetime. But will you get it? It depends on a number of factors. Read on as we discuss how to ensure your new roof lasts a lifetime.

Choosing the right materials

Like most things, the lifespan of a roof can depend on the quality of materials are used to make it:

• Felt roofing 5-10 years
• Composite tiles: 20-50 years
• Concrete tiles: 50-60 years
• Clay tiles: 70-90 years
• Slate: Over 100 years

Clearly, the felt roofing doesn’t offer the same longevity as tiles or slate. And this is fine for those looking for a short-term replacement or who need a solution for a flat roof. However, if you’re looking for a roof to last a life time, there are better options out there.

Weathering the storm

Another factor in roof longevity is the surrounding environment. Roofs that have to endure harsh weather can have their lifespan shortened – sometimes significantly.
So, what kind of weather affects your roof?

Wind is the most common problem. High winds batter your roof and, towards the end of its lifespan, can blow roofing materials out of place. This is more common for weaker materials, but can also affect tiles in severe cases.

Temperature and rainfall can also impact upon your roof.

Understandably, some tiles will wear more quickly if they’re constantly being beaten by heavy rain. But they can also be worn by the frost cycle. Over time, the process of freezing and thawing can cause tiles to crack, which eventually leads to more water getting in and freezing and – you guessed it – bigger cracks.

Maintenance for a lifelong roof

While roofs may be expected to last upwards of 50 years, this won’t happen if they’re left to weaken. Your roof needs regular inspections and maintenance to prevent it from deteriorating over time. Inspecting it yourself around twice a year will reveal any small issues, so you can get them sorted before they develop into major problems. It’s also important, however, to have a professional inspection to identify structural issues or those which are less obvious.

The importance of a good roofing company

Good materials are no use if your roof is being installed by shoddy contractors. It’s essential to look for roofers with full accreditation. This includes things like CORC (Confederation of Roofing Contractors), PCA (Property Care Association) and SafeContractor, which help ensure work is carried out safely, in line with current regulations and to a high standard.

It’s also a good idea to check your warranty, as this will protect you against material or labour deficiencies – standing you in good stead for a long-lasting roof.

Can we help?

DPR Roofing are fully-accredited roofing specialists based in Huddersfield. Our expert roofers can provide you with a strong, long-lasting roof as well as any maintenance and repairs to help it last a lifetime. Get in touch with the team today to arrange a free survey and quote.