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Roofing is one of the single largest investments homeowners will make when building or remodeling a house. The quality of the investment depends greatly on the longevity of the roof. A roof's lifespan is affected by several different factors including material choice, climate, design, and of course, workmanship. Somerset County roofers can assess the remaining lifespan of a roof. They can also provide more detailed information on location specific factors.

The first and most important factor in determining how long a given roof will last is the material selected for the roof covering. Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material used in modern residential construction and last somewhere between 25 to 40 years. Wooden shakes and shingles typically need to be replaced after around 20 to 30 years. Metal roofing is a popular option due to its light weight and long service lifespan, which can extend well beyond 50 years. Finally, tile roofing typically lasts the longest. Slate tile roofs can last over a century when properly cared for, and even its less expensive counterparts, concrete and clay, can reach lifespans of up to 75 years.

Climate plays a big role in determining how close to the maximum lifespan a given roof will last. For example, areas in hot, dry climates near the equator will cause greater shingle degradation due to the breakdown of bitumen and constant barrage of UV radiation.

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Wood roofs are more susceptible to extremely humid climates due to mold and algae growth, which can lead to rotting. Metal roofs hold up well in both wet and dry climates but are more susceptible to damage from hail and high winds in areas that experience severe storms.

The design of a roof will affect which roofing options are suitable and how long they can be expected to last. Low sloping or flat roofs do not expel water as well as pitched roofs and require materials which are smoother to avoid pooling and potential leaks. Even on steeper roofs, the design can have an effect. Complex designs with many intersecting planes or a variety of penetrations have more weak, which can allow water to seep through the covering and damage the decking.

Last but not least, it's important to recognize the quality and workmanship of the roof itself. Buying the best materials for a given climate and design won't matter if the installation is poorly executed. Homeowners should ask for several bids on any roofing project, and choose a contractor with an established reputation who is familiar with their chosen material and design elements.

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