Lifespan of a Roof
According to the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), the typical lifetime of an asphalt shingle roof is 20 years. At Driftwood Builders Roofing, we consistently say the average lifetime of an Austin, TX roof is 18 to 20 years.
The reason for the minor adjustment is whether or not a house is properly ventilated. As you know, the temperatures can get pretty hot and humid here in Austin. A lack of ventilation can allow the heat and humidity to build up in the attic and lead to faster aging of the shingles.
Different types of roofs will have different lifespans. Standing seam metal roofing, for example, should last 40 years or more with occasional maintenance. Tile roofing should last 40 years or more although it is typically necessary to replace the underlayment after 25 to 30 years, which is very labor extensive and therefore quite expensive.
The average lifetime of a roof in central Texas is 18 to 20 years.
Other factors that affect the life of your roof, in addition to the type of roof you have, include:
- Slope of the roof
- If during a previous re-roof, your new shingles were placed on top of old shingles
- Quality of the roof materials selected
- Quality of the installation work performed
- Quality of the ventilation system’s design and installation
- Tree coverage
One rule of thumb to remember:
If it’s old enough to streak, it’s old enough to leak!
We offer free inspection & evaluation of your current roof!
Financing options are available through Service Finance Company, LLC.
Most homeowners are unaware that they need a new roof until there’s a problem and costly interior damage has already started.
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