The average lifespans listed above are all based on a roofing system that is professionally installed in a temperate climate. When a roofing system doesn’t last as long as anticipated, a variety of factors can lead to premature roof failure and replacement, including:
Poor Installation Standards
The number one factor that leads to a roofing system not lasting as long as expected is poor installation quality. When a roofing system is not installed by experts or with an attention to detail and quality, it will almost always fail to some degree before it should. You can install the best roofing materials on the market today, but if they aren’t installed by a team that knows how to do it right, you will most likely have to replace your roof sooner than you should.
One of the best ways to determine the quality standards of a roofing company? Inquire about how long they back a roof installation with a labor or installation warranty. The longer the warranty, the higher the quality.
A Lack of Maintenance or Cleaning
The next factor contributing to early roof failure is ignoring a regular inspection schedule, recommended maintenance routines, or even simple cleaning. Things go wrong, and normal wear and tear should be expected. If you aren’t regularly inspecting the roof to proactively identify minor issues before they turn into significant infrastructure problems, your roof generally won’t last as long as it should.
Similarly, regularly removing dirt and debris from the roof helps protect the underlying roofing system. When you don’t account for the buildup of debris throughout the year, roofs tend to fail prematurely.
Ignoring Recommended Repairs
Even with an otherwise structurally sound roof, repairs are sometimes necessary to extend the life of the roof. If you ignore those repairs with the expectation that the roof will endure, you’re going to run into issues that may eventually escalate and require a complete replacement.
The above three factors are the most important because they’re completely within your control, but there’s a fourth factor that frequently leads to early roof failure: storms and severe climates. Unlike the above three, however, those aren’t within your control. Severe storm damage, including damage due to intense hail storms or wind storms, can potentially devastate a roofing system in a matter of moments. Likewise, living in an extreme climate of intense heat or cold can wear down a roofing system over time, shortening the roof’s expected life and expected replacement timeline.