Life Span of Different Roof Materials

Are you looking for a long-lasting roof? Or do you plan to sell in 10-15 years and want good value for a shorter period of time? This brief overview of the lifespan of various roofing materials will help you make your decision about which type to choose. We’ll list them in order from shortest to greatest longevity.

Asphalt Shingles: This popular roofing material will last 12-30 years depending on the quality of the asphalt shingle as well as the climate in your region. The hotter and sunnier the climate is, the shorter the lifespan. That’s why many homes in the South and especially the Southwest use roofing tiles or a more durable roof material.

Wood Shingles or Shakes: These are a 25-40 year roofing material. The quality of the wood material is crucial. Cedar and redwood roofing last the longest because these woods have natural weather-resistant properties.

Clay or Concrete Tiles: Now available in a wider selection than ever, these clay materials are growing again in popularity. They’ll provide your home with 40-75 years of service, depending mostly on the quality of the material.

Metal or Steel Roofing: Steel shingles should last 30-40 years depending on the quality and how well they are installed. Steel panel roofing is a 50-100 year roofing material. Some steel roofs last 100+ years.

Slate: This is the most durable material. Some slate roofs are still in great shape after 150-200 years. The lifespan is 100 years minimum.

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