aging roof - Franklin rooferAny good Franklin roofer will tell you that your roof requires maintenance just like other parts of your home, but what can you do to help it last as long as possible? We often tell homeowners that regular inspections and timely roof repair is key, however, some of what ages your roof can’t be helped. No matter what material you have on your home, your roof has an expected life.

Age and Material

Asphalt shingles are by far the most common roofing material in the Franklin area. The vast majority of homes currently have what are called 3-tab shingles. A 3-tab shingle roof lasts between 12 and 20 years. Newer architectural shingles last longer, on average between 25 and 30 years. Architectural shingles are thicker and more durable than 3-tab no matter what brand shingle you’re considering. If you need a roof replacement and want it to last as long as possible, consider architectural shingles and make sure your roofer installs them with a complete tear off of your old roof.

The Elements

One factor we can’t control when it comes to how long our roof will last is the elements. A hailstorm can destroy even a new roof. Sun takes its toll on your roof every day it shines. Throughout the communities around Franklin, harsh winters with heavy snow are common. When the snow sits on your roof, thaws a little and re-freezes, it impacts the roof. Even strong summer rain and wind storms impact the life of your roof.


The construction of your roof does make a difference in how long it lasts. When a roof has proper insulation and ventilation, it will last longer. Ice dams are often a sign that you insulation and ventilation aren’t working and you should call a Franklin roofer for an inspection. The pitch, or slope, of your roof also impact the life of your shingles.


Just like your car, a well-maintained roof will last longer than a neglected one. Keep your gutters clean to prevent ice dams. Make sure if you see staining or streaking on your roof, that’s a sign of algae, get your roof cleaned. Don’t let debris accumulate in valleys or lay on your roof as that can contribute to mold and your roof will age faster.

There are things you can do to help your roof last as long as it is expected to. If you haven’t had a roofing inspection by a licensed Franklin roofer in the past year, call Frank-Dale Exteriors today. We will provide you with a no obligation inspection and can even give you an estimate of the remaining life of your roof. We service Franklin, Milwaukee, and the southwest suburbs so call 414-425-5796 to schedule your inspection today.