How Long Should My Michigan Roof Last

Roof replacement can be a hefty investment, but one that’s worth it in the long run.  An up-to-date roof protects your home’s integrity and can save you money on costly repairs.  Since roofs don’t last forever, it’s important to know the right time for replacement.  You can protect your Michigan home to the best of your ability with these tips:


Typical Roof Lifespans in Michigan

We all wish a roof replacement could last a lifetime, but unfortunately, it’s rarely the case.  Depending on your roofing material, the typical lifespan ranges from 15-70 years:

  • Asphalt Shingle – The most common (and affordable) roof type is asphalt shingle. Typically, shingle roofs last 15-20 years.  Due to its durability, versatility, and affordability, homeowners love investing in an asphalt shingle roof.
  • Metal – Another popular option, although on the pricier side, is metal roofing material. On the low end, a metal roof will last 2 to 2.5 times longer than an asphalt shingle roof if maintained properly.  But don’t be fooled – you’ll end up spending 3 times as much as your standard asphalt shingle roof.
  • Flat – Flat roofs typically last 25 years or longer if properly maintained and installed. The trick to extending the lifetime of a flat roof is eliminating noticeable standing puddles.


Signs You Need a Roof Replacement

Not every homeowner is a roofing expert – and it’s not expected of you!  Even if you aren’t the one doing the roof repairs or replacement, it helps to know the warning signs that you may need a replacement:

  • Neighbors have replaced their roofs – If you’ve noticed neighbors have been increasingly doing roof repairs or replacements, it may be time to look at your own roof. Since many neighborhood homes are built around the same time, this can be a good indicator for when to replace your roof.
  • Deteriorating or missing shingles – It should be easy to see curled, buckled, or missing shingles. Make sure to call your local roofing company if you notice any major shingle or roofing material damage.
  • Roof discoloration – UV rays and precipitation can eventually lead to roof discoloration and deterioration. Don’t wait until your roof begins to leak – or collapse – by leaving discolored areas on your roof.


How Michigan Weather Affects Your Roof

Since the Midwest has four distinct seasons, Michigan roofs typically go through a lot during their lifespan.  The winter season tends to be most damaging for Michigan homes, as roofs are more susceptible to ice dams and insulation issues.  To reduce potential issues in the future, we recommend proactively planning for ice dams and checking for proper insulation and ventilation in your attic.


Do you think a roof replacement may be necessary for your home?  Give our experts at Herbert Roofing a call today.  Simply request a free inspection and estimate; and we can get started on your project before the spring season.

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