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How long will my roof last? This is a question that has plagued homeowners since prehistoric times when early man first threw a couple of leafy branches against a tree to make a shelter. And while modern roofs will undoubtedly last much longer than those primitive constructions, the answer is pretty much the same; It depends.

There are many factors which will determine a roof’s lifespan, some of these, like the weather, are out of your control but others are firmly in your hands. If you follow the advice below, your roof should keep you safe and secure for roughly 20-50 years.

Materials

Installing a new roof is a significant investment if it’s done right, to begin with, you’ll save money in the long run. The first thing to do is ensure you choose the right materials. Make sure you choose good quality timber and shingles that suit your property and environment, and you’ll save yourself a lot of future headaches and sleepless nights.

Installation

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The quality of the materials you choose won’t make any difference if they aren’t installed properly. There’s more to choosing a roofing contractor than simply finding the one who can give the cheapest quote. Your roof doesn’t just protect your house, it protects your family, and that’s why it’s worth every dollar you spend on it. To ensure you hire the best people for the job, read our guide on how to choose a reputable contractor here.

Maintenance and repair

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Once your roof is installed, you’ll need to keep an eye on it and make sure any problems that might arise over the years are dealt with promptly. This is not hard to do and won’t take up much of your time. If you check your roof for any potential problems once or twice a year, you’ll extend it’s lifespan considerably. Just remember to hire a reputable contractor for any repair work that might become necessary.

Gutters

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Although most people don’t usually think about gutters as part of the roof, they play a vital role in protecting it and the rest of your home from the worst effects of rain and snow. This is why proper gutter installation and maintenance are so important. Again, if you keep on top of this and see to it on a regular basis, it won’t be a difficult or time-consuming job. If you neglect it, however, the consequences could be disastrous.

And that’s it. Get the roof right in the beginning and don’t forget to call us, Ridgecon Roofing Contractors, to give it occasional maintenance for any potential problems and it will keep you safe and secure. At Ridgecon, we’ve been providing roofs and roofing repair services for the residents of Macomb County for over twenty years, but we don’t just provide our customers with new roofs, we give them peace of mind. We’re a family-owned business, and that’s what’s important to us; Family, yours as well as our own. So if you’re building a new home or have concerns about the state of the roof on your existing home, contact us now with all your roofing related questions.