What Factors Can Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan?

The Difference Between Reroofing And A New Roof

Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home, and a good-quality roof is essential when it comes to ensuring you, your family, and your belongings all stay dry, warm, and protected from the elements.

Here at Brunel Roofing, we specialise in providing roofing services ranging from flat roofing and pitched roofs in Swindon to many more professional roof offerings. We are highly experienced in the work that we do and consistently aim to complete each job to the very best of our ability.

However, every roof is different, and the lifespan of a roof can vary depending on a host of different factors and variables.

Here are some of the factors that could affect the lifespan of your roof. Use this knowledge to stay aware of what could threaten your roof’s health and keep it in the best shape possible.


The location of your property plays an important role when it comes to your roof’s lifespan, with various factors falling under this heading contributing to the overall health of your roof. From the weather to the natural environment surrounding your property, the location should not be overlooked.

Weather Conditions


While this is unlikely to be an issue here in the UK, prolonged periods of strong sunshine can cause cracking or even breakage of certain types of roof tiles.


Strong wind can wreak havoc with your roof, damaging or breaking shingles or roof tiles, and potentially causing the need for repairs once the bad weather has passed.


If your roof is not watertight, rainwater could make its way through the weakest areas and, depending on the severity of the problem, this could lead to water damage. Similarly, without repair, the excess water making its way into your home could contribute to the occurrence of moisture-related problems like damp and rot.


If there are trees close to your home, it’s important to do your best to ensure that they are sturdy enough to minimise the chances of damage occurring during high winds or adverse weather conditions. Similarly, if trees do overhang your roof, you should be prepared to check for any signs of damage in particularly windy weather.

Roofing Material

This is one of the most important factors to consider – largely due to the fact that different roof materials suit different conditions, and each material has its own unique list of pros and cons. 

Failed Flashing

Flashing acts as a seal between the joints of the roof, helping to keep water out and preventing leaks. Therefore, water can make its way into your roof and potentially cause damage if the flashing has deteriorated over time.

Poor Ventilation or Insulation

Ventilation and insulation are important throughout the home, but if your attic or roof space is particularly badly ventilated, it could potentially lead to problems. Poor ventilation could cause a build-up of heat and moisture which is trapped with nowhere to go. In turn, this could weaken the roof structure or cause damage to the shingles or roof tiles.

Lack of Maintenance

No matter how expertly it was installed, the chances are that every roof will require a bit of maintenance from time to time – particularly after bad weather. However, if you do suspect that your roof may be in need of maintenance, it’s always best to enlist the help of an experienced roofing contractor in order to ensure the work is completed to a professional standard.


Age is one of the most obvious factors affecting the lifespan of your roof, yet it is one that many homeowners often overlook. Every roof has an expected lifespan, which will vary depending on the factors outlined above, so if your roof is starting to look a little old and tired, it may be time for an upgrade.

If you are in the Swindon, Wiltshire area and have noticed damage on your roof, give Brunel Roofing a call. We will take a look at your roof and figure out which one of the options is best for your situation.

Have a roofing project you would like to discuss?

We’re always happy to have an informal chat and we can talk through all the options you have open to you.