How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last In Florida

For many Floridians, roofing durability is a major concern. We all know that roofs do not last forever, especially in harsh Florida climates, but there are ways to estimate how long do roofs last in Florida. When estimating the lifespan of your roof, it’s important to take into consideration the state of your roof, especially if you’re not sure when or how it was installed. Quality is important, too; the better the materials, the longer your roof will last.

The lifespan of a roof in Florida may not be as long as the lifespan of roofs on national estimates due to the extreme heat and excessive moisture. For example, Florida experiences “wet season” which means frequent rain showers during the late spring and summer. Over time, the constant rain can wear on your roof, more so than in drier climates. Corrosion can also be a problem in Florida, especially near coastal areas, because the humidity and salty ocean air affects the metal fasteners that hold a roof together.

Factors that Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan

You already know what our climate does to things if you live in Florida. For example, the tires you may have purchased a few years ago may be shot after 50,000 miles even though they were rated to last for 65,000 miles. What you have on your roof is affected by the same heat that makes it so you can fry an egg on our blacktop roads, and the heat is just one factor. You also need to consider how well the roof is guttered, maintained, protected from UV rays, and ventilated. And, of course, the quality of the original roofing construction also comes into play.

A roofing system will generally last longer if the owner is determined to take care of their home by hiring professionals, like Reliant Roofing, to perform annual inspections. You can prevent minor faults from becoming major problems by giving them attention immediately, regardless of what material was used in building the home.

How Long Materials Last

Frankly, the industry wide lifespan for different roofing materials depend on numerous factors, making it difficult to give a true average number. But we’ve narrowed down the three most common roofing material in Florida and listed out their average lifespan, and methods that will extend their life.

How Long Do Shingle Roofs Last In Florida?

Asphalt shingles can last anywhere from 15 years to a lifetime, depending on the conditions, the installation, and the owner. Asphalt shingles are especially tricky to evaluate regarding lifespan in Florida due to various factors, such as materials, shingle thickness and quality, workmanship/installation quality, etc. These factors can drastically change the lifespan of a shingle roof. That’s why Reliant Roofing uses GAF Shingles for our shingle roof replacements. GAF is the largest roofing material manufacturer in the United States and all of their materials are made in the United States. When you install a GAF Lifetime Shingle roof, you’ll automatically get a lifetime ltd. warranty on your shingles and all qualifying GAF accessories. If you’re looking for an Asphalt shingle that will stand the test of time in Florida, we highly suggest the Timberline Ultra HD Shingles. They will cost you just pennies-a-day more than standard architectural shingles. In return, you will enjoy a thicker, ultra-dimensional wood-shake look for your roof—and can increase your home’s resale value, too. Since the Ultra HD Shingles are 53% thicker than the standard Timberline HD, and they’re created with adhesive seals, each shingle tightly and reduces the risk of shingle blow-off. Ultra HD shingles are warranted to withstand winds up to 130 mph. Keep in mind, that any shingle color may fade over time, due to sun exposure.

To learn more about the shingles that we install, please look at the GAF website: click here

How Long Do Concrete or Clay Tiles Last In Florida?

Reliant Roofing does not install concrete or clay tiles for one main reason: These products can be very difficult to install and maintain. Typically, concrete tiles do not have a long lifespan in Florida due to hurricane season. If installed properly, concrete tile roofs have the potential to last almost 50 years. Clay tiles can last for hundreds of years, if installed and maintained properly. But both of these types of roofs require regular maintenance – usually annual or semi annual. Here is the tricky part: The Florida heat. The direct sunlight, and battering of tree branches during hurricane season means that any roof will require more regular maintenance than other states. For tile roofs, homeowners must tighten loose nails, replace cracked tiles, check flashings. But since the tiles can become so brittle due to the constant Florida heat, the required maintenance cannot generally be completed because you cannot walk on the tiles. Walking on overheated tiles will cause them to break, making the required maintenance nearly impossible. The good news is a loose tile usually does not mean a leak. A slipped tile or a cracked tile does. The more the tiles are walked on, the more brittle they can become.

How Long Do Metal Roofs Last In Florida?

Metal roofing panels generally last as long or longer than asphalt shingles.

Depending on type of metal panel will greatly determine the lifespan of your roof. Galvanized steel panels are the most popular metal roofing material and they generally have a minimum life of 20 years depending on location. Being as that we’re in Florida, Galvanized steel is not always the route to go, being as that the constant rain and salty air can bring a serious beating to a steel roof. In fact, in some salt air environments, steel roofing manufacturers will not provide warranty. In Florida, aluminum panels are the way to go if you desire a metal roof with a lifetime lifespan. As stated previously, steel warranties require setbacks from salt water, leaving no opportunity to protect your investment. With the aluminum roofing series, coastal residents and business owners can enjoy a 25 year saltwater warranty right on the beach; no setbacks required! The usual alloys of aluminum used for roofing applications tend be very formable and easy to work on site, making it a very easy material for most installers to use on a roof. As a bare, natural metal, aluminum is not very pretty as it ages, so we offer painted panels in a variety of colors! Of course no roof can completely withstand all the force of nature. However, studies and damage reports conducted by/for FEMA,  NHC/NOAA, and FBC over the years consistently indicate that shingle damage from hurricanes is fairly common, while metal roofs tend to perform very well. 

To learn more about the metal panels that we install, please look at our Metal Panel manufacturer’s website: click here

Have Your Roof Inspected

Having a professional inspect your roof is the best way to not only maintain it but to also determine how long your roof will last. The entire roofing system will be inspected by a pro, who will look at the flashing, sheathing, drainage, roof structure, and roof covering. We can give you suggestions on ways to extend your roof’s life through roof repairs and roof maintenance.

While age is a big factor, roofing systems generally last longer when they are regularly maintained by professionals. Homeowners can avoid serious roofing problems by catching smaller problems before they escalate into more serious issues. It’s important to have a professional inspect your roof annually, but there are certain signs that your roof may be reaching the end of its life.

  • Shingles are curling and buckling: When shingles on your roof begin to appear uneven, the roof is exposed to damaging elements. On a newer roof, this problem can be a result of improper installation.
  • Roof valleys: A roof valley is created where two slopes on your roof meet. Valleys control rain flow, making them a prime target for roof leaks. A problem occurs when shingles are missing or falling apart in these areas and the valley can no longer control the flow of water. Pooling water and debris in a valley can cause roof rot and leaks.
  • Shingles granules in the gutters: If you notice pieces of shingle coating in your gutters, this is another sign they are being worn away.

While every roof has an expected lifespan, there are steps you can take to extend its life, including the following:

  • Clean the gutters: When there are too many leaves in your gutters, water can leak into roof sheathing, causing it to rot. It’s important to clean your gutters every fall and spring. You can do the cleaning yourself, or hire a professional.
  • Remove leaves: If you have trees surrounding your home, it’s likely your roof will accumulate piles of leaves and other debris. These leaves can trap moisture on your roof, damaging it in the process. If you decide to remove the debris yourself, use a leaf blower or garden hose. Avoid pressure washing as it can damage the shingles.
  • Trim overhanging branches: Trimming branches from nearby trees can go a long way in extending the life of your roof. Tree limbs falling on a roof can damage shingles, or worse. Close branches also allow squirrels and other rodents easy access to your roof. As a general rule, branches should be at least 10 feet away from your roof to avoid these issues. For your safety, consider hiring a professional tree service to trim any unwanted branches.

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