How Long Does a Roof Last in New England?
As a New England homeowner, you’re well aware of the unique weather conditions that your home has to endure.
From freezing temperatures and snowstorms to heavy rains and piercing sunlight, there’s no doubt that your home’s exterior is subjected to a variety of extreme conditions.
This can be especially tough on your roof, which serves as your home’s first line of protection against Mother Nature. So, how long can you expect your roof to do its job effectively? Well, it depends on what material your roof is made out of:
Different Roofing Materials
Your roof’s lifespan depends greatly on the roofing material. Ceramic tiles have a similar lifespan but contain moisture, which can cause them to crack in freezing temperatures. Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular
roofing material, and depending on the type, they can last from 20-50 years without needing to be replaced.
- Metal roofs can be as much as two or three times more expensive than other roofing materials and maybe noisier during heavy rain or hailstorm than other products depending on the type of decking used during installation (spaced or solid). If water accumulates anywhere on the roof because of poor-quality installation or repair, it can eventually cause serious damage. Low-grade metals may also be thinner gauge and less durable. Some metals rust in certain climates or dent more easily than others during hailstorms or installation.
- Ceramic tiles: A clay tile roof system can cost two to three times as much as an asphalt roofing system. Installing tile roofing requires professional roofing contractors with extensive experience, which further adds to the cost. The tiles will need to be measured, laid in a specific pattern, and checked so that no moisture gets through. While very durable, tiles can be broken if they suffer a heavy impact, such as from falling tree branches, or even due to the pressure of walking on them.
- Asphalt Shingles: Asphalt shingles, the most common type of roofing material sold today, are installed on more than 80% of new homes because they’re affordable and include warranties of up to 25 years. Asphalt shingles are comprised of a variety of organic materials and cement fibers, they provide a durable layer of protection from UV rays, wind, and rain. The shingles’ underside features a layer of black asphalt that becomes sticky in the hot sun and seals the roofing in place to form a watertight seal. However, they are thinner than architectural shingles and may be more susceptible to weather-related damage ( ice dams, increased wind speeds, etc).
- Architectural Shingles: architectural shingles seal in the same manner as standard asphalt shingles but they are up to 3x thicker to form a denser, more resilient roof. Costing slightly more than regular, thinner asphalt shingles, architectural shingles are considered more attractive than their standard counterparts, with styles that mimic wood, slate, and tile. Warranties vary by manufacturer, with some as long as 50 years.
Industry Info: a tile roof, which may be as much as 850 pounds per square for a clay tile and 950 pounds per square for concrete tile vs an asphalt roof, which weighs only around 225 to 325 pounds per square.
It’s Not All About the Shingles
No matter what type of new roof you choose for your home, it’s not going to perform as expected if it’s not installed properly. Your roofing company needs to ensure that all elements of the roof are working together to provide adequate ventilation as well as protection against moisture intrusion.
Ridge Cap Shingles: The finishing touch that helps defend against leaks at the hips and ridges
Cobra Attic Ventilation: Helps reduce attic moisture and heat
Lifetime Shingles: Beautify & protect for years to come
Starter Strip Shingles: Helps guard against shingle blow-offs
Roof Deck Protection: Helps shield the roof deck from moisture infiltration
Leak Barrier: Helps prevent leaks caused by wind-driven rain and ice dams
NEWPRO’s Max-Protect Roofing System
Since 1945, NEWPRO has been providing outstanding roofing solutions for homeowners throughout Massachusetts. Our Max-Protect Roofing System uses heavy-duty shingles that resist blow-offs and hail damage, and our factory-trained installers ensure a flawless installation every time. We’re so confident in the quality of our roofing system, we offer a five-year, 100% coverage warranty on materials, labor, and workmanship, as well as 50-year material coverage on lifetime shingles.
New England’s Roof Replacement Leader
If your roof is past its prime and needs to be replaced, look to NEWPRO. We provide homeowners throughout New England with a roofing system that is specifically engineered to stand up to the local climate and deliver decades of worry-free protection. Contact us today if you’d like us to visit your home to inspect your roof and tell you more about our roofing options.
Since 1945, NEWPRO has been providing long-lasting and affordable home renovation solutions from Master Elite Certified craftsmen while achieving the highest degree of customer satisfaction. Through the years, we have earned a number of awards for the excellence of our work and the level of our customer care, and we want to demonstrate those qualities to you.