How Long Will My New Roof Last?

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Replacing your roof is a major expense, one of the largest most homeowner's will face while they live in their home. If you're shopping for a new roof, it's understandable that you want to make sure the roof you choose will not have to be replaced again for a good many years. Obviously, the answer to how long your roof will last depends on the roofing material you choose.

It's the classic trade-off between cost and durability. However, even the roof with the shortest lifespan may be long enough for your family:

Average lifespans of different roofing materials

1. Asphalt shingles. Asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular type of roof in the United States. Asphalt has a lot to offer. It's affordable, versatile and can be recycled into paving material after its reached its useful life. However, asphalt shingles have the shortest lifespan of all of the roofing materials commonly used in the United States. The average asphalt roof will last around 15-25 years.

2. Cedar shingles. Cedar is another popular roofing material. It's beautiful honey color ages to a charming gray after a few years. Cedar is also naturally insect and water resistant and adapts well to most any type of architecture. A cedar shingle roof will last an average of around 30 years.

3. Metal roofing. Metal roofing, once only seen on barns and commercial buildings, is becoming increasingly popular for residences. This type of roofing provides a water-tight seal between your attic and the elements. In addition, with metal you don't have to worry about shingles blowing off or insects making a home on your roof. A Metal roof also offers an extra layer of insulation, helping to keep your attic cool in the summer and warm in the winter. The average metal roof will last around 50 years or more.

4. Slate roofing. If you never want to worry about your roof again, slate is the material to choose. In addition to its lovely natural appearance, a high-grade slate roof will last for 75 years or more. You still find original slate roofs on homes that were built in the 19th and early 20th century. Slate is also easy to maintain and water repellant.

The expected lifespan of your new roof depends on a number of factors, including the skill of the installers, your climate and how well you maintain your roof. It should be just one of a number of things you take into consideration before you decide on a particular type of roofing material. To learn more, contact a company like Roof Tech with any questions or concerns you have.


21 April 2015

All About Building a Home

Welcome to my website. I'm Albert Frost. Besides my dad, one of my biggest role models was my uncle Rick. He was a construction contractor who would let me come on his construction sites and also taught me everything he knew about building homes, including how to install hardwood flooring and add insulation. I always wanted to grow up to build houses like my uncle. I used to help my uncle with a lot of the grunt work needed to make a home a reality. But then I hurt my back playing football. Until I heal completely, I'm going to devote as much of my time as possible to teaching others about various construction topics I'm interested in.