As a new homeowner, there are a number of things that require upkeep – plumbing, insulation, structure, roofing. In South Florida, the latter is often left to the wayside when, in fact, it requires some of the most consistent maintenance. Annual hurricanes and afternoon thunderstorms combined with other Florida-elements can leave your roof in shambles. As experts in the roofing industry, we highly recommend that you keep your roof as well maintained as possible.
Whether they’re a recent homeowner or have lived in their house for 20+ years, people always have misconceptions about roofing. Read on to find out what they are, and how you can prolong the longevity of your roof.
Misconception 1: My Roof Will Last As Long As My House
Not true. While the average house can last upwards of 80 years, the roofing cannot and will not. The average lifespan of the different roofing materials are as follows:
- Composition shingles: 12 to 20 years
- Asphalt shingles: 15 to 30 years
- Wood shingles: 20 to 25 years
- Metal: 50 to 75 years
Of all the roofing materials, metal roofing has the longest life. While we recommend metal roofing for its longevity and durability, shingle roofing is the most common roofing in South Florida. One of the more frequent roofing problems that arise with this type of roofing is missing, curling, or cracked shingles. After a bout of storms or an intense hurricane season, a shingle roof might need to be repaired or replaced sooner rather than later.
Even if there were a slow hurricane season and a dry summer with minimal thunderstorms, your roof will not last forever.
Misconception 2: I Can DIY My Roof Repairs
While it’s possible that you can fix some minor common roofing problems on your own, a frequent misconception about roofing is that you can fix all of your roofing issues. Because your roof is fundamental to your home’s stability, it’s important that all repairs are done properly. That being said, unless you are a professional roofing contractor, your insurance covers your DIY repairs, and you are 100% sure that your solution is effective, we don’t recommend fixing repairs on your own.
Instead, hiring professional roofing contractors gives you peace of mind, knowing that all of your roof repairs are done accurately the first time. Adding roofing experts to your new homeowner’s checklist is essential to a safe and stable home for years to come.
Misconception 3: Roofing Replacement/Repair Takes Too Much Time
To avoid further issues, you should repair your roof as soon as possible after it is damaged. A common misconception that homeowners make about is that replacing or repairing thier roof will take weeks or even months. But actually, roofing installation can be done in as little as 2 to 3 days. Beyond that, any added time comes from cleaning up and/or homeowners dealing with their home insurance company. However, the quicker you handle the latter, the quicker repairs and replacements can be done.
Homeowners can become quickly overwhelmed when it comes to their home’s roof. Many factors and unknowns can influence the stability of it, and both new and seasoned homeowners can believe any of these misconceptions about roofing. That’s why our team of expert roofing contractors are here. With us on your side, you can rest assured that your roof is in its best shape. Contact us today at <a href=”tel:5614093280″>(561) 409-3280</a>.</span> for a free estimate on any and all of your roofing needs.