What factors can alter the lifespan of your roof?

As we know, the roof above our properties, garages or outhouses are extremely important in providing shelter and security to the building beneath it. However, like many things, there are factors – including some that can be out of our control – which have the ability to affect its health. Because of this, it can be difficult to judge the age or lifespan of particular roofing in different locations, but by acknowledging the various factors, you may be able to protect yours.


One of the most obvious causes for a decline of quality could be the simple factor of your roofing’s age. On average, roofs can be expected to reach an age of 20-30 years. Whilst many property owners may be unaware of theirs, specialists are able to assess the visible signs and calculate an accurate age, allowing you to look towards an appropriate time for a replacement to be carried out.

Weather variations

Alone, harsh weathering types can be potentially harmful to roofs. From extreme heat due to the summer sun to heavy bearing snowfall, they can endure a lot. Combining the weather on offer within the UK can often result in havoc. If strong winds manage curl or damage tiles and flashing, rainwater will soon find its way into your loft space, leaving traces of mould or mildew. Roofs above taller properties or located within open areas may find themselves being most susceptible to this weathering.


Overhanging or near-by trees, bushes or other foliage could result in natural weathering taking place. The previously mentioned high winds will find a way to tear twigs, branches or leaves from the surrounding areas which could cause damage to your roofing materials, creating cuts, splits or lifting. If the residue of stormy weather isn’t removed from your roof, it could lead to increasing deterioration over time.

The presence of wildlife

Each spring, pests and creatures of wildlife often seek warm, dry locations to construct their nests following the hibernation period, causing damage to your external roofing materials, as well as internally, each time they enter and continue to inhabit. Chimneys, guttering and small entrances into loft spaces can be ideal for their requirements. By taking the time to inspect these locations each spring, you could eliminate the chances of your roof being used as a home to passing nature by sealing any entry points or calling for specialist assistance in safe removal.

Lack of maintenance or care

With so many natural factors that can cause damage to your roof, it really is worth inspecting yours regularly. Without knowledge, your roofing materials could currently be damaged, only increasing each time a bout of bad weather occurs. These assessments don’t need to be carried out by yourself, so you needn’t put yourself at risk of injury. Trained professionals are on hand to provide your roof with cleaning and repair services, preventing damage from escalating.

Our team at Roof Rescue are on hand for any of your roofing concerns or requirements. From repairs and replacements to installations and leadwork, get in touch with us. You can reach us on 020 3189 1618 or send us an email at and we will be happy to advise you and assist with your roofing.

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