How long can you expect your roof system to last?
Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Some roof system types, such as slate, clay tile and certain metal (e.g. copper) systems, can last longer.
Actual roof system life span is determined by a number of factors:
- local climatic and environmental conditions
- proper building and roof system design
- material quality and suitability
- proper application
- adequate roof maintenance
Roofing product manufacturers offer a variety of warranties on their products. Take a close look at those warranties to see what responsibilites and financial obligations manufacturers will assume if their products fail to reach their expected lives.
The price of a new roof system varies widely, depending on such things as:
- the materials selected
- contractor doing the work
- home or building
- location of the home or building
- local labor rates and time of year
To get a good idea of price for your roof system, get three or four proposals from reputable contractors in your area. Keep in mind that price is only one factor, and it must be balanced with the quality of the materials and workmanship.
For each roofing material, there are different grades and corresponding prices. There are also a variety of styles and shapes. You need to look at the full product range and make a choice based on your budget and needs.
Within the roofing profession, there are different levels of expertise and craftsmanship. Insist on a contractor who is committed to quality work.
When considering your roofing options, the following formula may help:
Total Cost (Materials and Labor) / Life Expectancy of Roof System (in years) = Annual Roofing Cost