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How long should a good roof last?

by: Kirsten Land on July 16th, 2019 about General

 A good roof has the potential to last for decades. Some metal, tile, and slate roofs can last for over 50 years. A shingle roof may last only half that at 25 years.

So what factors into the lifespan of a roof?

Weather

As you may have expected, weather-especially Oklahoma weather-can cause serious damage to a roof at any point in time. While you normally could expect a shingle roof to last longer than the average person owns a home, extreme weather conditions can lead to a much shorter lifespan.

In addition, temperature changes from hot to cold and back again make shingles more likely to chip, crack, and peel. High winds lift and remove shingles. And excess moisture and drying lead to similar issues. 

Material

Different roofing materials have different expected lifespans. While the lower end is probably closer to what you should count on, if conditions are prime they can last as long as the manufacture guarantees.

Here are the expected lifespans of some common roofing materials:

  • Asphalt and composite shingles – 15 to 50 years
  • Clay and concrete – 50 to 100 years
  • Metal – 25 to 50 years
  • Shake – 20 to 40 years
  • Slate – 50 to 100 years

Warranty

The warranty on your roof typically only applies to manufacturing issues. If the materials used are faulty, then the life of the roof will be shorter, but the supplier will allow the roof to be replaced at their expense. It’s important to note that they only do this if the homeowner can prove the roof had a proper maintenance plan.

Warranties are not insurance. Talk to your insurer and review your policy to learn what is covered by your insurance. If you ever have any issues with your roof, we can talk to your insurance provider for you!

If you’re ready to learn more about Land Enterprises Roofing and how we may be a good fit to install or maintain your roof, please reach out.

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Can fireworks damage your roof?

by: Kirsten Land on July 2nd, 2019 about General

 The fireworks industry in America is a billion dollar market. With that much money being spent on pyrotechnics, it should be no surprise so many people are wondering, “Is my roof safe from fireworks?” The short answer is both yes and no.

Modern roofing materials are designed to be fire resistant. Some commercial roofs use tar and fire to set each layer properly. Residential roofing like shingles, metal, and slate are generally safe.

However, there are still a few situations that can lead to fires up on your roof.

Debris

Before setting off any firecrackers, it is a good idea to make sure you don’t have any leaves or branches gathered anywhere on your roof. Get a sturdy ladder and check your gutters as well. Dead leaves and branches are very dry and therefore have potential to act like fire magnets when sparks are falling from the sky.

You should also look into trimming back any overhanging branches. Dead branches can still be attached to living trees and pose the same threat to your roof.

Safety tips

If you are setting off your own fireworks, here are a few things to remember. First, set your fireworks on a flat, stable surface. Second, aim projectiles away from your house. Third, don’t shoot any fireworks off during a ban. Finally, you can always find out if there is a public show going on near you and attend that instead of setting off your own fireworks.

Stay safer during fireworks season by following those basic tips.

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