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Factors That Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan

Updated: Oct 26, 2022

The roof of your home is essentially the first layer of protection from weather elements like –  light, dust, rain, snow, and heat. Installing a new roof is mostly an expensive affair. So it’s best to opt for a roof which has a long lifespan. Most roofs have a limited lifespan. But if you purchase a high-quality roof and maintain it well from time to time, then it can last for long. Most Alberta home renovators such as ACT Home Services undertake roof maintenance. There are a few factors which affect your roof’s lifespan. Let us take a look at some of them.

Roofing Material

There are different types of roofing materials available in the market. Each of these materials has varying lifespans. Traditionally, wood shingles have the longest lifespan among other roofing materials, which is about 30-40 years. But they come with high maintenance. When you choose a roofing material you have to make sure that it is the perfect trade-off among aesthetic appeal, durability, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Weather Conditions

Changing weather conditions can impact the lifespan of your roof. If you live in a location where there are adverse climatic conditions, then that can lower the lifespan of your roof. If your roof retains water for long, then it can lead to issues such as leakage and rotting. In general, Canada has a humid and precipitation-heavy climate.

Sun Exposure

Constant exposure to heat can reduce your roof’s lifespan. So if you are living in a region which is hot, sunny and at high altitudes, then chances are that your roof may require regular maintenance. Increased exposure to sun rays can make your shingles deteriorate faster.


Roofs without proper ventilation are always susceptible to damages. All kinds of weather conditions can harm unvented roofs and reduce their lifespan. It is imperative to have a well-functioning roof ventilation system. Good roof ventilation will ensure that your roof has a good lifespan.


This goes without saying that any type of roof material will require some sort of maintenance. It is good to get your roof maintenance done from time to time to increase the lifespan of your roof. You can hire a good Alberta home renovator to get your roof maintenance work done.

To know more about the factors affecting your roof’s lifespan and learn about different ways to maintain your roof, get in touch with one of our experts. ACT Home Services are Alberta-based home renovators and we offer services for interiors and exteriors of your house.



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