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A Guide to Roofing Material Lifespan and Maintenance

Roofs come in many shapes and sizes as well as materials. When considering roofing materials, do not just weigh the differences in style and aesthetic. You also want to keep the lifespan of your roofing materials in mind. While asphalt shingles last about 15-30 years, some alternative roofing materials can last over a century.

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingles because they are affordable. These shingles are comprised of a variety of organic materials and cement fibers, providing a durable layer of protection from the elements. The black asphalt on the underside of the shingle helps to seal the roofing in place. Asphalt shingles last 15-30 years.

Architectural shingles are a premium type of asphalt shingles that last 25-30 years. While they seal the same as asphalt shingles, they are approximately three times thicker, making for a more resilient roof. These shingles are also considered more attractive as they resemble more expensive styles of roofing. 

Wood shingles can last up to 30 years but require regular maintenance. The most common type of wood shingle is cedar, due to its rot and insect-resistant nature. Wood shingles are an aesthetically pleasing shingle that weathers well over time. However, because they are made of wood, it is good to check your roof annually and replace any split shingles. 

Clay tile roofs are mostly popular in the Southwestern desert region and are available in many earth tone colors. These are durable, low-maintenance roofing tiles that can last 50+ years. 

Metal roofs are rising in popularity and can last up to 70 years. These durable, attractive roofs have a wide price range depending on the quality, coating and thickness you prefer. The thicker the gauge, the longer your roof will last. Thicker, high end metal roofing is popular in the northern states because snow tends to slide right off it.  Depending on the quality of the metal, some manufacturers even offer a lifetime warranty. 

A slate stone tile roof can last over a century. While this is an expensive option, it can withstand any type of weather conditions and slate is easy to replace. However, the weight of slate roofing is such that a normal house frame cannot support it. You must re-enforce your roofs rafters if you plan to install a slate roof. 

If you have additional questions about roofing styles or would like an estimate on your next roofing project, contact us today.