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How Does Weather Impact the Life of Your New Roof?

December 16th, 2020 | 5 min. read

How Does Weather Impact the Life of Your New Roof?

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Are you ready for a new roof? Did you just get a roof replacement?

Either way, you need to know how the weather will impact the life of your roof investment. Luckily, we’re here to break it down for you. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality roofing services in Nashville since 1990. Our workmanship ensures your roof investment is maximized. When you work with us, you’ll never worry about your roof again.   

So, how will the weather impact your new roof? Always eager to help you understand your roof, I’m going to answer that and more. 

Continue reading to learn how the weather in your area affects your new roof and 4 other factors that impact the lifespan. 

How will the weather affect your new roof?

Your new roof’s primary function is to protect you and your family from the elements. But how does the weather impact the lifespan of your new roof? 

Every roof goes through wear and tear from the weather throughout its life. However, the amount of extreme weather in your area determines how fast the wear and tear affect the life of your new roof. 

The extreme weather that really impacts your new roof’s lifespan are straight-line winds (aka damaging winds) during heavy thunderstorms, hail storms, snow storms, and tornados. Straight-line winds will rip your shingles off your roof if they’re not properly installed and, depending on the extent of the damage, could lead to a roof replacement. 

Hail and snow won’t have an immediate impact on the life of your new roof. However, the more hail and snow your roof is exposed to will definitely shorten its life. 

If a tornado hits your home, there’s a good chance your roof has extensive damage. If it does have heavy damage or is a total loss, you’ll have to get a full roof replacement through your homeowner’s insurance

There’s nothing you can do about the weather in your area. But keep in mind, it has a major influence on the life of your new roof. If you’re local to the area of Nashville, read this article on how the weather in Nashville impacts your roof

4 more factors that impact the life of your new roof

You just learned how the weather impacts your new roof. However, there are more factors that affect the lifespan just as much as the weather in your area. 

Continue reading to learn 4 more factors that impact the life of your new roof.  

1. Proper roof installation

The day your roof is installed is the most important day in the life of your new roof. It has to be installed using correct roofing techniques to truly maximize its lifespan. 

That’s why proper roof installation is one of the most crucial factors that impact the life of your new roof. If just one part of the roof is installed incorrectly, it will start the process of premature roof failure.

If one part of the roof is installed improperly, I can guarantee other parts are installed incorrectly as well. Improper installation can be caused by poor workmanship, inadequate attic ventilation, improper nailing, and poor weather conditions during the installation process. 

No matter what part of the roof is improperly installed, it will always lead to a roof failing well before it’s time. To learn more about why proper roof installation should matter to you, read this article on why roof maintenance is important

2. Investing in quality materials

I understand everyone is on a budget, and a low price may drive your decisions. However, it’s crucial to the life of your new roof that you choose quality materials and labor instead of going with the cheapest options available. 

If you decide to go with the cheapest roof, you’re getting the cheapest roofing materials with the cheapest labor to install them. When you pay for this cheap labor and materials, it shows in the finished quality of your roof, which will cost you more money in the long run with repairs and, eventually, a full roof replacement.

To learn more about how investing in quality is important to you and your roof’s life, read this article on 3 ways “cheap” roofs cost more in the long run.

3. Getting roof maintenance 

No matter what kind of roof you have or how old it is, you need to have it maintained. It’s crucial to have your new roof periodically checked over.

Whether it’s once or twice a year, regular roof maintenance ensures you get the most life out of your new roof. It will catch any problems with your roofing materials and prevent future leaks before they can cause damage to your home. 

It’s also a chance to clear your roof and gutters of any debris. Wet debris sitting on your roof will shorten the lifespan of your roofing materials. Because of this, it’s absolutely crucial to keep your new roof running smoothly throughout its life with roof maintenance. 

To learn more about why roof maintenance is crucial to your new roof, read this article on why regular roof maintenance is important.

4. Hiring a reputable roofing contractor 

Hiring a local reputable roofing contractor is crucial to the life of your roof investment. When your new roof is installed properly, you’re going to get as close to the maximum lifespan as possible. 

That makes hiring a roofing contractor with a strong installation history that much more important to the life of your new roof. If they don’t use correct roofing techniques, your new roof’s life will be cut short and you’ll need a roof replacement well before it’s time. 

No matter if you need repairs or a full roof replacement, your contractor plays a huge role in the life you get out of your new roof. A history of proper roof installation isn’t the only thing you need to look for when hiring a local roofing contractor.

To help you find a great roofing contractor in your area, read this article on the top 8 questions to ask a roofing contractor.

How long will your new roof last?

Now you know how the weather affects your new roof. Remember, all roofs go through wear and tear from the weather. 

There’s nothing you can do about the weather in your area, but you need to be aware it’ll impact the life of your new roof. 

Now that you know some factors that impact the life of your new roof, are you wondering how long your new roof will last? If so, we’ve already broken it down for you. 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has provided high-quality roof replacements to the residents of Nashville and surrounding areas since 1990. We take pride in our workmanship and are proud to offer you a lifetime warranty.  

To learn the lifespan of your new roof, read this article on How Long Your New Roof Will Last.

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