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3 Things Your Roofer Wants You To Know About Your Older Roof

As a homeowner, you want to keep your property in good condition, and that includes your roof. Unfortunately, time can take its toll, and older roofs are more likely to develop problems. While it's important to call a professional roofer to inspect your roof and address any issues, there are some things you can learn about your roof to help you better understand the potential problems your roofer may need to deal with. Here's what your roofer wants you to know about your older roof. 

1. Age Matters

The age of your roof is a critical piece of information for any roofer. Many types of roofing materials have a limited lifespan, and that timeline can vary widely. For example, asphalt shingles last 20 years on average, while slate roofs can last up to 50 years or more. The closer you get to that average, the more problems you are likely to see.

2. Maintenance Counts

Frequent maintenance can help prolong your roof's life, showing that you care about protecting your investment. On the other hand, if you've neglected roof maintenance, your roof will suffer. To properly maintain your roof, you need to have it inspected at least once a year, remove any low-hanging branches, clean your gutters regularly, and have any necessary repairs done by qualified professionals.

Additionally, if your roof is prone to mold and mildew, it's important to have it washed annually and treated with a fungicide, prolonging its useful life.

3. Slope Is Important

Another important factor your roofer wants you to understand is the slope. The slope, sometimes also referred to as the pitch, is the angle or steepness of your roof. It determines how well your roof sheds water and snow. More steeply sloped roofs tend to shed water more effectively than low-sloped ones, which can lead to problems like water damage and roof leaks. For example, a 2:12 roof pitch (also expressed as 2/12) is relatively flat and not well-suited for northern climates with heavy snow. On the other hand, a 9:12 pitch is very steep and requires extra safety precautions for roofers.

The slope is important for determining the types of materials suitable for your roof, as well as the installation methods and other considerations.

Your roof is a major investment that you want to protect. By understanding how the age, maintenance requirements, and slope of your roof all present challenges, you can better understand the work that needs to be done by your roofer. If you are concerned about the condition of your older roof, contact a qualified roofer today.

Contact a local roofer to learn more.