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Colorado Springs Roofing: Article About Comparing Roof Lifespans

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Roofs can vary widely in design and in material. While it's difficult to change a building's basic roof structure, selecting materials judiciously can result in widely varying results. The particular roof material one chooses can dramatically extend or shorten the roof's lifespan. In addition, different roofing materials have different properties, making them more appropriate for specific climates and architectural styles.

When it's time to install a new roof, the best course of action is to consult with multiple professionals. Most Colorado Springs roofing specialists offer consultations without any obligation, giving a sense of how much each roofing option will cost beforehand. In addition, reputable roofers should be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of multiple roofing materials, helping homeowners to make an informed decision.

Replacing a roof is a major undertaking, so most roofs are designed to last at least 10 years, with many common materials lasting at least 20 or 30 years. In some cases, roofs last over a hundred years, as can be seen in cases of well maintained historic architecture.

EPDM, a kind of synthetic rubber, and built up or modified bitumen both last between 10 and 16 years on average. For a slightly more resilient roof, 3 tab asphalt shingles last 15 to 18 years.

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Architectural grade asphalt shingles last longer, usually between 24 and 30 years. Fiberglass roofs usually last around 30 years. Galvalume and concrete tile have similar lifespans, lasting 30 to 45 and 35 to 50 years, respectively. Slate and copper roofs regularly last more than 50 years, sometimes lasting remaining in good condition for than 75 or 100 years. Good quality tile roofs can also last more than 100 years, though they will last far less if they are built on mortar bed systems.

Naturally, a roofing material's lifespan should not be the only factor in deciding how to recover the roof. Different materials are more appropriate for different kinds of homes and different climates. For example, a heavy slate or tile roof may be very durable, but it would be impossible to set on some house structures, simply because the roofing would be too heavy for the support structure.

While these estimates serve as useful "rules of thumb," the lifespan of an individual roof is determined by multiple factors in addition to material. Darker roofs absorb more heat, which tends to reduce the overall lifespan. Higher pitch roofs typically last longer than flatter roofs, as they are less affected by precipitation and weathering. A roof that receives lots of direct sunlight will have a shorter lifespan than one with a northern orientation or that is shaded by other buildings.

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