If you’re having repairs on your roof, it’s understandable that you’ll want a rough idea of how long they will last. After all, the longevity of repairs will have a major impact on how cost-effective they are over time.

In this post, we’ll discuss some factors that affect the lifespan of your roof repairs and how to decide what’s best for your roof.

The materials being used

As with any job, the materials being used can have a big impact on how long your roof repairs last. Top quality slate can last a lifetime, for instance, whereas concrete tiles have a lifespan of around 40+ years.

But it’s not just about the main covering on your roof. From the battens and flashing down to the nails, if your roofer goes for cheaper materials, you can generally expect the repairs to degrade quicker.

Unfortunately, there’s no way of guessing whether they will do that – and roofers aren’t likely to admit they use poor quality materials. That’s why it’s important to choose a trusted roofer with accreditations like TrustMark, the Confederation of Roofing Contractors and the Federation of Master Builders.

Who is repairing your roof?

The main factor in how long your roof repairs will last is who is carrying them out. On top of their choice of materials, roofers who are experienced, trained, accredited and well-reviewed will always provide a higher standard of work – which is more likely to stand the test of time.

But that’s not the only reason. Hiring a top-rate roofer will also mean you get better expertise when it comes to the repairs they recommend for your roof. As an example, a roofer looking for a quick job might simply suggest replacing a few tiles when they’ve fallen off. A more experienced roofer will identify and tackle the root cause, whether that’s rotten timbers or worn nails.

The age of your roof

Above all else, roof repairs can only last as long as the roof itself. While pitched roofs have a lifespan of several decades with the right maintenance, flat roofs generally last between 10-15 years. With that in mind, you can typically expect pitched roof repairs to last longer than flat roof repairs.

As an example, repairs on a flat roof that was installed 5 years ago could last around 5-10 years. On the other hand, high-quality repairs on a slate roof could last several decades.

It’s also important to know when replacement becomes a better option than repairs. If your roof is coming to the end of its lifespan, repairs will start to become more frequent and temporary. Eventually, the cost of repairs starts to stack up, making roof replacement a more cost-effective long-term option.

Long-lasting roof repairs in Barnsley

Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer for how long roof repairs will last. At DPR Roofing, we can provide an estimate of how long repairs will last on a case-by-case basis.

Rest assured, our team is committed to providing long-lasting solutions for roofing problems, rather than cutting corners or patching things up. We will also provide honest advice about the lifespan of your roof and whether a new roof would be a better option.

Contact us today on 01226 670 008 to talk more about your roof and how we can help.