Your roof, just like most things, has a lifespan. There are different factors that go into determining how long your roof will last and sometimes natural disasters can take that time and cut it in half. If you just moved into your home, you don’t know how long ago the roof was installed or how much life it has left. If you’re looking to install a new roof, here are some key factors that affect the lifespan of your roof.  Materials The most important factor for determining your roof’s lifespan is the type of material that was used on your roof. Whether it’s asphalt shingles, wood shakes, concrete, or metal; they each have a different lifespan and level of protection for your roof.  Although it may seem like a good idea to use materials that can last up to 50 years, it’s best to use the materials that your roofer suggests. They determine this by looking at budget, climate, roof design, and other factors.  Environment Where you live can determine the lifespan of a roof. Certain climates will deteriorate a roof faster than others, especially ones where heavy rain, snow, or hail is commonplace. Homes in locations that experience hurricane seasons or regular snow storms are in a position to experience roof damage on a yearly basis. Having to repair a roof regularly can lower it’s lifespan. Design Different locations merit different roof designs. If your roof wasn’t designed properly for your environment it can cause major problems. For example, flat roofs in a snowy climate can accumulate snow. All the weight can cause the roof to cave in. That’s why many snowy climates have steep angled roofs or a gable roof to help the snow run off and prevent a pileup.  If the architects of your home did their job right, the risk of a roof caving in or being damaged by climate should be minimal. Correct building and roof system design can increase the lifespan of a roof.  Quality Not only is the quality of the materials important, but also the quality of the installation. Even the most high quality materials can’t protect your home if they’re installed improperly.  Improper installation also compromises the lifespan of the roof. The more damage a roof endures and the more often you have to call for repairs, the weaker your roof becomes.  Most new roof systems are designed to provide useful service for about 20 years. Different materials can last longer, especially if they’re installed properly. Most roofing materials and contracts come with warranties. Keep records of those warranties to keep track of the obligations manufacturers have if their products fail in any way.  If you think your roof’s life is coming to an end, call us at 855-316-7663 for a free inspection and learn how you can get your roof replaced in a way that maximizes its lifespan.