Roof Material Life Expectancy

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If you want a long lasting roof, you will need to take into consideration the roofing system’s design, the type of roofing material, and the cost-competitiveness. Ultimately, a home with a strong roofing system has the benefit of good insulation, a strong base to withstand harsh environmental threats such as strong hailstorms, rain, snow, and so on. The roofing product you choose plays a fundamental part in its longevity.

Roofing product that last the longest has these requirements for an extended life span:

– Shingles and Wood shakes: 15 to 20 years
– Asphalt shingles: 10 to thirty years
– Metal/ Steel: 50+ years
– Slate: 30+ years
– Tile: 30+ years

An average roof will last twenty years and a well-kept roof will last longer. Roofing systems are not small investments and the duration that the roof will last for are based upon a variety of weather conditions. If a roof is exposed to severe conditions such as strong hailstorms, extreme temperatures and even blizzards, a roof will not last as long as a roof in a less harsh environment.

The longest enduring roofing product is slate with life expectancy of 150 years followed by clay and concrete at approximately 100 years. If you require your roof-top to last more than 100 years, a design integrating slate will be the style you need to think about for your house. However there are certain downsides to this design, such as:

The preliminary cost might run high with premium products and labor. The materials provide value in the end but preliminary costs could run high.

The weight of the building and construction materials could be heavy and would add to the cost of building and construction. Specifically, slate, which is nothing but stone, weights a lot.


Lastly, there is the question of looks and the option for color in using building and construction products of concrete and clay. This would be restricted with slate because the color is limited to tones of grey. This would depict a very dull surface to rural homes with other homes in the suburbs putting on really attractive and royal elegances. If your roofing materials are clay, slate or concrete, the option of colors are few even though the construction cost remains high. You may want to look at alternative options in roofing material.

Asphalt shingles: The majority of houses in the Midwest have their roof constructed with asphalt shingles with products claiming life expectancy of 50 years.

Architectural Asphalt: Higher quality asphalt with a life span of 30 years.

Wood Shingles and Shakes: Wood maintenance is high but it will last for thirty years or more.

Metal Roofing: expected to last 40 to 80 years.

These are the basic patterns for buying or choosing roofing materials for your house with the above-mentioned elements playing a huge part in the life expectancy of your roof. It would be best to bring a professional roofing company in for ideas.