Identifying the Life Span of an Old Roof


Understanding the longevity of your roofing requires you to look at a number of crucial factors that could degrade your roof.

Firstly, the age of the roof will be based on when your house is constructed then it will be all about the materials used and the workmanship that went into it.

Why Roof Tiling Is Important

Different roofing tiles will have different lifespans, but no tile is designed to last less than 10 years. For the best roofing tile to suit your home, speak to specialists such as East Midlands Roofing Solutions to ask what sort of tiles we can offer.

Whether your roof is pitched or flat it will not last forever, even with the most expensive roof tile. A roof over our heads is the first line of defence against environmental hazards, especially harsh and extreme weather. The longevity will depend on how much preventive maintenance you need and how many minor roof repairs have been undertaken.

Flashings and gutters will need to be checked too. Having a chimney and its vent over the roof affects the roof construction especially if the chimney is not maintained. Flashing will corrode over time because of overheating and hot gas exposure plus a combination of snow and sun which makes it more susceptible to damage.

Roofing Specialists for Nottingham

East Midlands Roofing Solutions has been providing domestic and commercial roofing for clients across Nottingham for over 20 years. Flat roofs are the standard choice for commercial buildings with residential homes opting for pitch type or slope roofs.

Flat Roofs

As we have mentioned commercial buildings prefer flat roofs because the extra space can be utilised for an HVAC system. Your rooftop is a highly beneficial area that is more applicable for full perimeter roof size.

Flat roofs are designed to last 30 years with most coverings and materials being durable against wind, fire and chemicals that come from vents.

Pitch Roofs

Pitched roofs use tiles of different materials. Slate tiles are the most durable type of tiles because they are designed to last for a hundred years. Their longevity dates back to Medieval times where ancient structures such as churches and museums were built with roof using slate.

Because of innovative techniques, composite tiles were manufactured unless concrete and clay tiles were available.

Here is a breakdown of the approximate age of each tile material –

  • Cedar – 20 Years
  • Concrete/Clay – 50-75 years
  • Composite – Over 20 years
  • Asphalt – 15-30 years
  • Metal – 50-75 years
  • Rubber – 30-50 years

Here are some indicators to determine your roof’s age –

  • Faded, warped, chipped tiles
  • Missing tiles
  • Broken tiles
  • Rusted flashing and gutter
  • Bent roof, gutter
  • Rotten fascia and soffit

Given these indicators, you should know if your roof needs repairing or replacing.

For a roof that needs fixing and replacing you may want to consult our roofers, as the last thing you want is undertaking expensive repairs instead of simpler and cheaper ones. But if repairs are needed regularly, you may not notice that you are spending more than if you got a brand new roof instead.

Get in Touch For More Information

If you want to know more about our roofing products, please contact us today. East Midlands Roofing Solutions offer no-obligation quotes for all of our roofing systems.