Nothing lasts forever and roofs are no different. Though there are roofs that can last a hundred years and longer, most people don’t want or need to spend the money needed on a roof that could outlast the whole house!
Expected lifespans of roofs vary from material to material and can depend on several factors such as installation and environment.
Cost plays a large factor in the longevity of any roof with the longest lasting roofs such as slate, concrete, and clay tiles being the most expensive, both in terms of materials and installation. However, one must admit having a roof that can last over a century is appealing!
On the low end, 3-tab Asphalt shingles and metal roofs aren’t as durable and as such are much cheaper. Of course the trade off is you’ll be replace these low end roofs much more often.
Other factors such as routine maintenance, initial installation procedures, and environmental conditions also play a large part in the lifespan of a roof, but even the most well-maintained, perfectly roofs can still fall victim to time.
Assuming proper installation and maintenance the following are projected lifetimes of some of the more popular materials in use today:
Asphalt Shingles (3-tab)
Lasting on average of 20 years but quality can vary with the low end lasting as little as 10 years and high-end (more expensive) shingles lasting up to 50!
Around 30 Years on average, especially when properly maintained.
Wood shingles & shakes
Usually around 30 years but under favorable weather conditions can last much longer.
Metal roofing can last anywhere from 40-80 years. Some estimates top this out at 60 but as with any material, quality, maintenance, and environment will determine the actual lifespan.
Slate, Concrete, Clay Tiles
If you don’t want to replace your roof more than once in your life, this is the material you get, sure it’s pricey but these tiles have a life expectancy of over 100 years!
You roof is likely to be one of the most expensive investments you’ll make in your home it’s important to get it right the first time to avoid unnecessary costs in the future. Choose your material carefully and be sure you understand the expected life span and are prepared to replace it when it’s time!
For more information on roofing materials available for your home, call Atlanta Roofing Specialists today at 770-419-2222!