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How Often Should Your Roof Be Replaced UK?

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How Often Should Your Roof Be Replaced UK?

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The roof is one important part of a house that is often ignored and taken for granted. Unless it breaks apart and starts leaking, there is a high chance that you will never even bother to pay attention to what is happening up there. But, experts recommend regular inspection twice a year to identify potential problems before they get serious and a replacement becomes necessary.

But how often do you need to replace your UK roof in the first place or do you just need to repair your roof? Obviously, every type of roof will have a different life span as well.

Listed below are the average estimates of life spans of roof depending on the specific roofing materials chosen:

Asphalt Shingles

The three-tab asphalt shingles can last 15 to 20 years at the maximum before you need to replace them under typical circumstances. But, the architectural asphalt shingles tend to be more durable to different weather elements because of their design. Such roofs can last as much as 10 years more compared to three-tab asphalt shingles.

Cement or clay Tile Roofing

Cement or clay tile roofs are among the most durable roofing options you can find out there. Tile roofing is not just very resilient since they are also heavy at the same time. It means that tiles are installed over the sturdier roofing reinforcement. This means that your home gets added protection.

These are the reasons why tile roofs are considered extremely durable that can last for 50 up to 100 years sometimes.

Metal Roofing

Another very resilient choice when it comes to roofing is none other than metal roofing. Common materials for metal roofing, such as aluminium and steel can last for 50 years before you need to replace them. Other metal roofing such as copper and zinc, can also last for 100 years or longer.

Slate Roofing

By far, slate is the most hard-wearing type of roof that you can get. Most of the time, slate roofs can last up to 100 years or more.

Wood Shakes

Being thicker than shingles, wood shakes are more resistant to different factors such as harsh weather and UV rays. Wood shake roofs can last for 35 to 40 years.

However, maintenance will always be a factor here. The level of maintenance that you give your wood shake roof will determine and affect how long it will last.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingle roofs often last 25 to 30 years. However, this type of roof needs maintenance that can affect its lifespan.

If you fail to keep your wood shingle roof free of moss growth and leaves, for instance, your roofing might trap moisture that can lead to decay. However, as long as you maintain them properly, your wood shingles roof can give you 50 years or more.

Wood roofing in particular is also prone to fire damages. This is why it is illegal and hazardous to install this in some locations because it can spread flames easily.

At the end of the day, it is a must to get annual roof inspections to lengthen the life span of your roof, whatever it is made of, to cut back on the need to replace it more often than necessary.