5 Types of Roofs and How Long to Expect Them to Last

When building a new home, you can build it exactly to your liking. Part of that is trusting your home contractor for advice, in addition to doing your research about all the materials used for your custom home build. When it comes to the roof, it’s important to understand the types of roofs available to you and how long they will last before having to replace them.

There are a number of factors that influence how long a roof will last, primarily the following four:

  • The material used
  • Installation expertise
  • Proper ventilation
  • Waterproof underlayment

In this blog we will focus on the material used for roofs. Below are the most common types of roofs and some general information about their longevity and durability.

  • Asphalt Shingle

Asphalt shingle roofs are perhaps the most common type of roofing material, considering they are one of the most affordable. Shingle roofs have a lifespan of up to 30 years if not severely impacted by weather conditions and maintained well. They are durable, can withstand high winds and are versatile in style as well.

  • Wood Shingle

Wood shingle roofs can also last up to 30 years. Cedar wood is typically used in wood shingle roofing because it’s insect-resistant and won’t rot. Wood shingles require more maintenance than asphalt shingles. Wood shingle roofs come in either shingles or shakes, with shingles being the more affordable option.

  • Metal

Metal roofs can last up to 60-70 years, which is a reason for its popularity surge. The initial investment of a metal roof can be costly depending on the quality metal used, but it will never need a replacement. Metal is very durable and highly resistant to winds, although it can get loud during storms.

  • Slate

Slate roofs are the most durable types of roofs and can last up to 200 years, depending if hard or soft slate is used. Hard slate will last longer, while soft slate will still last up to 125 years. Slate has been used in roofing since the beginning of time because it can’t deteriorate.

  • Clay Tile

Clay tile roofs are energy efficient and can last up to 30 years. They are more expensive and more difficult to install but can withstand many environmental conditions, including fire. Many roof installers provide a 50-year warranty when laying down clay roofs.

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