5 Ways to Improve Your Roofs Lifespan Blog Image

No matter which roofing sheet option you ultimately choose. There are things you can do, both during installation and once your roof is installed, to ensure you achieve the maximum lifespan possible.

In the following article, we shall outline some of the important steps you can take to make sure your roofing project is a success.

By following the below tips, you can help to ensure that your roofing sheets are installed correctly and will last for many years:

  1. Calculate lifetime cost when choosing
  2. Don’t skimp on proper fixings & flashing
  3. Install correctly
  4. Pitch perfect
  5. Maintain and clean

1. Calculate lifetime cost to help choose the best material

It's easy to fall into the trap of choosing the cheapest option available. However, this often leads to costly regrets down the road. Instead, consider the lifetime cost of the materials you select. Budget options may seem appealing upfront, but they often require frequent replacements, driving up the overall expense.

Instead of opting for the cheapest materials, consider investing in quality options. These durable materials are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions, reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements.

A savvy approach isn't about finding the cheapest option; it's about making smart choices that minimize long-term costs. Opt for the middle ground – avoiding the allure of the cheapest and the extravagance of the most expensive. By considering lifetime cost, you can make informed decisions that enhance the value and longevity of your home.

Ask our Team today for guidance on our most popular and most economical options for your project.

2. Invest in the right fixings, flashings and accessories

When installing your roofing sheets, it is important to use the right fixings and glazing bars. This is especially true for polycarbonate roofing sheets. Quality fixings and glazing bars are essential for the durability of any roofing system to ensure your roof is watertight and is able to withstand adverse weather conditions.

For corrugated sheets, it is important to use a gable rock n lock flashing to prevent wind uplift and properly waterproof the roof. Designed to fit over the top of the gable end of a roof, this will help to prevent wind from lifting the roof and help to seal the roof against water leaks at the often most exposed section of the roof.

When you are installing a roof that adjoins to the wall, commonly known as a lean-to, a top wall flashing is a very important consideration. Often the most problematic part of a roof, top wall flashing helps to prevent water from leaking into the wall and keeps the roof secure when sealed with good quality tape or lead flashing.

Three of the best accessories to improve roof lifespan are:

  1. Rock N Lock Gable flashing – stop side wide uplift on corrugated sheets, protects gable fixings where the roof is most exposed.
  2. Top Wall Flashing – reduce moisture going down back and onto frame, for both polycarbonate and corrugated sheets.
  3. End stop Bar – a quality metal drip trim will make all the difference, reduce grime etc.

3. How to install a roof for maximum lifespan?

Improper installation can significantly shorten its lifespan, leading to costly repairs and potential structural damage. To ensure your roof stands the test of time, follow these essential guidelines:

  • Follow manufacturers installation instructions: Every roofing material comes with specific installation instructions and how-to videos, put together by manufacturers to ensure its performance and durability. There to ensure your roofing sheets are installed properly will mitigate risks of issues such as wind uplift and water-ingress.
  • Ensure proper sealing around any workarounds: While creative solutions might occasionally be unavoidable due to obstructions or unusual shapes on your roof. It is vital that the roof is still properly sealed with a compatible roofing sealant in all appropriate areas to ensure you avoid leaks and similar issues over time.
  • Avoid Shortcuts: Cut corners on your build and you will cut the lifespan of your roof. It is important to resist the urge to take shortcuts or make hasty decisions.

4. Build the right roof pitch

The pitch of a roof is crucial in ensuring its structural integrity and functionality. It determines the angle at which the roof slopes, influencing factors such as water drainage, load-bearing capacity, and roofing sheet installation.

A steeper roof pitch allows water to drain more efficiently, minimizing the risk of ponding or pooling, which can lead to leaks and structural damage. Additionally, a steeper pitch reduces the overall weight of water on the roof, lessening the strain on the rafters or purlins that support it. This is particularly important in areas with heavy rainfall or snowfall.

Conversely, shallower roofs require more rafter or purlin support due to the slower water drainage rate. The increased weight of water on the roof necessitates stronger support beams to prevent structural failure. Furthermore, shallower roofs necessitate more frequent overlaps in corrugated roofing sheets to maintain adequate water resistance.

There is no minimum pitch as far as the product itself is concerned, however the steeper the pitch the better the rain will run off and this will also increase water proof levels. A minimum 10-degree pitch is ideal considered to be a normal best practice.

Roof pitch also plays a significant role in determining the maximum width of Polycarbonate sheets. Steeper pitches allow for wider sheet installation, while shallower pitches often require narrower sheets to prevent sagging or buckling. This is due to the increased stress placed on the sheets under their own weight and the weight of any accumulated snow or debris.

5. What to do to increase a roofs lifespan once installed?

Leaks can occur for a variety of reasons and the likelihood of this may increase as your roof gets older. It is important to ensure that if you notice a leak, to find the cause and ensure this is repaired as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to your roof. Depending on the cause and source of this you may be able to do this yourself or hire a professional roofing contractor.

In addition to fixing leaks and roof details, it is also important to clean your roof regularly. This will help to remove leaves and dirt, which can weigh down your roof and cause damage. You can clean your roof yourself, however, it is always important to check what to use depending on the material you are using.

Both the guidelines below can vary a lot if your roof is near trees or collects leaves or any other debris.

How often to clean a polycarbonate roof?

It is best to clean a polycarbonate roof once or twice a year for maximum light transmission. Remember to never use any harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaning methods.

Similar guidance applies when you have installed clear corrugated roofing sheets.

How often to clean a corrugated roof?

For non-transparent corrugated sheets, the main focus of cleaning is to remove any grime and debris, as light transparency isn’t an issue. Roof experts suggest once a year is the minimum is recommended.

Need Help with your Roofing Project?

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