When attempting to determine the life expectancy of your roof, perhaps the most important factor to consider is the material. Other factors such as climate and roof design also play a role in wearing down your roof, but the type of roof is by far the clearest indicator of how long you should expect your roof to last.
There are many options out there when it comes to roofing material. Finding the right type of roofing material depends solely on what you, the homeowner, are seeking to get out of your roof.
One of the most popular roofing materials on the market is asphalt shingles. They are very affordable and their durability makes them a great value for the price. However, they tend to be less resistant to strong winds and rain, meaning they will require more repairs over a course of time.
On average, asphalt shingles will last from 20-40 years. Generally, most warranties will guarantee the life of asphalt shingles to be between 15-25 years, but it is widely accepted that with proper installation and maintenance, they can last a good deal longer. Even more durable than regular asphalt shingles, the closely related fiberglass shingles can last more than 50 years, although they will end costing you more than asphalt shingles.
A step above asphalt shingles in terms of price, wood shingles are made from pressure-treated wood and require more regular maintenance than other materials. Wood shingles are usually treated to resist insects and rotting, and will typically last about 30 years.
Even with their decent lifespan, the main appeal of wood shingles is the unique look and style, as they can be stained and aged to provide a unique and gorgeous look.
While most metal roofs are stainless steel, there are also plenty of roofs made of copper sheets out there as well. While cost of a metal roof depends on many factors, the type of metal clearly has the most effect on the lifespan of the roof.
Stainless steel roofs can last over 50 years with proper installation and maintenance while copper roofs can last up to 100 years.
Stone tile roofs are both extremely durable and extremely heavy, as they are commonly made out of concrete, slate or clay. The excessive weight means that they hold up amazingly well to high winds and fading effects of sunlight and rain. It is not recommended to attempted to install a stone roof yourself – leave it to the professionals.
Clay and stone tile roofs can last anywhere from 40-60 years. Slate and concrete roofs are a bit heavier, leading them to have an average lifespan of 50-100 years.
When you find yourself needing a roof inspection in the Middle Tennessee area, don’t hesitate to call Dowell Roofing in Murfreesboro, TN to prevent damage before it happens!