The roof is arguably the most important part of your home. Its primary function is to keep the rain, snow, and hail out. Without a good roof, your house would deteriorate.
To keep your roof in good shape, you need to be able to gauge its life expectancy. So, just how long do roofs last? Let’s look at the lifespan of different types of roofs.
The roofing material you use when building your house determines how long your roof will last. Good roofing contractors will walk you through every material they use and help you determine what is best for your home.
Asphalt shingles make up 75% of roofs in North America. They are the most common and most versatile roofing material in the world. An asphalt shingle roof has a lifespan of about 15 to 30 years, depending on weather, climate, and how well you maintain it.
While metal roofing is not as common as shingles, it is still a popular choice. Metal roofs consist of tin, steel, or galvanized sheets. Certain metal roofing styles can withstand higher wind speeds and damage.
Metal roofs have a lifespan of 40 to 70 years, depending on installation, maintenance, and the quality of the metal.
Solar Tile Roofs
Solar roofs are a new, semi-experimental technology. We fit your roof with shingles that double as solar panels and cover your entire roof.
These are very expensive, and we haven’t had enough time to test how long these roofs last. Their life expectancy sits around 30 years, though Tesla believes their solar shingles will last for a lifetime.
Terra Cotta Roofs
Roofers used clay tiles centuries ago, and we still do for good reason. These roofs will last 50 to 100 years with proper care and maintenance and can withstand high winds.
Clay roofs have one major weakness: cold weather. Cold weather will cause these tiles to contract and expand, leading to cracks and leaks.
Slate roofs are the strongest type of roofing material on the market. They are heavy, expensive, and durable. A slate roof will last 75 to 200 years, easily outliving you and your children.
Residential and Commercial Roofing
Determining how long roofs last depends on what materials you put on them.
Slate roofs have the longest lifespan of any material. While they are the most durable, shingles are far more common and cost-effective.
Whether you are roofing your home or your business, you need to use the best material you can afford. Fixing or installing a roof is a costly business, so you need to get as much money out of yours as you can. Read here to learn more ideas on how to extend the life of your commercial roof.
For more questions about your roof or to get a quote, call Eustis Roofing at (352) 343-4240.