There are numerous factors which may affect your roofing material such as, weather conditions, building construction quality, architectural design, roof maintenance and of course the quality of material installed. Every homeowner wants to invest in a long lasting material and give themselves the best chance at a long lasting roof. In this article we will review different types of roofing materials and compare their longevity.

An estimate of longevity of different roofing material under normal weather conditions given by the National Association of Home Builders is mentioned below:

                   Roofing Material                                  Life Span
Asphalt shingles 20-50 years
Architectural asphalt 25-30 years
Wood shingles and shakes 20 years
Metal 40-80 years
Slate, concrete and clay tiles 100 years

 

The roofing material which lasts the longest may actually turn out to be the least expensive when costs are spread out over their entire lifetime. You must discuss which material is correct for your structure type with a qualified local contractor.

Clay Tile:

Clay tile has been used for centuries and is still popular in the market. Clay tile exteriors are also well known for longevity. It can last a minimum of 50 years and maximum up to 100 years, in the right setting. If you ever have been to Spain or South America you may find extremely old clay tiles surprisingly in reasonably good shape and condition.

Metal Roofing:

With the changes in technology 100 years of smart use is expected of a metal roof. Every year it becomes more and more popular in the market due to it’s long lasting quality with little surface corrosion and new attractive designs.

Slate Roofing:

In Europe slate roofing is very popular as slate is a form of stone that is not prone to damage from deterioration, corrosion, fire, water or sun rays. It looks like rice paper and offers handsome designs and styles.

Wood Shake Shingle Roof:

Wood shakes are much thicker as compared to wood shingles. As wood shakes are thicker, they can stand longer against attacking weather conditions.  They can stay for 35-40 years.

Composite/Asphalt Shingle Roof:

Installing asphalt shingles is low cost option that is very popular in the New York and East Coast sloped roof market. Asphalt shingles are relatively inexpensive and this product is available in a huge variety of design, pattern, color and style. In US asphalt shingles most widely use roofing material. They can last anywhere from a few years and some even say a lifetime. It all really depends on the quality of the shingle. Really good companies like GAF offer lifetime shingles with lifetime warranties.

Architectural Asphalt Shingles:

These architectural shingles are inexpensive and durable and have a life span of maximum 30 years. The only drawback is that this product lacks the history of performance statistics.

Before the right exterior for your structure you must consider what type of material is more suitable according to your geographical location. Only a professional and reliable contractor can tell you which choice is the right one for your structure.


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