How Long Does Roll Roofing Last

Roll Roofing

One of the most common roofing materials in the United States are asphalt shingles.  These shingles have a felt interior with layers of asphalt to give it protection against heavy rain and UV rays. 

Rolled roofing can be used instead of asphalt roofing shingles.  The difference is that rolled roofing is manufactured in rolls of 18 – 36 inches wide. 

How long does this system last?

Life Expectancy of Rolled Roofing

Rolled roofing systems have a life expectancy of 15 years.  Signs of deterioration will become noticeable 5 years after the installation.  This is expected from a single-ply roofing system that has a lower life expectancy than asphalt shingles.  Rolled roofing is more delicate than shingles, it’s generally not used for main structures.  This makes rolled roofing one of the cheapest roofing materials on the market. 

Regular maintenance, inspections and repairs will extend the life expectancy of this roofing system.  It’s recommended that a qualified and licensed roofing contractor inspect the roof for damages or needed repairs. 

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Drawbacks Of Rolled Roofing Systems

Homeowners are advised to install this system during warm weather conditions.  Almost any building material will expand when exposed to higher temperatures.  Rolled roofing is not an exemption to this and will usually buckle if it is installed under the wrong conditions.  Installing rolled roofing in warmer weather can give a more accurate representation of what it will look like in warmer temperatures. 

A known drawback to rolled roofing is that the granular coating will eventually break and wrinkle over time. This can cause more wear and could cause the roof to leak.


Installing Rolled Roofing

The installation method of this roofing system will depend on the slope of your roof.  Rolled roofing can be installed using an exposed nailing system or a concealed nailing system.  Exposed nailing systems are used in agricultural or industrial roofs because it is more affordable.  A concealed system is more durable and costly because it is designed to resist the effects of weather. 

This roofing system will take a few days to install.  Exposed roofing installation is easier and consumes less time, a concealed roofing system will take longer to install. 

This system has a maximum lifespan of 15 years.  What can someone do to extend the lifespan of a roofing system?  It’s important that you inspect, repair and conduct regular maintenance on it.  Especially if your roofing systems is exposed to harsh weather conditions.


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Matt Kowalis

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