There are numerous options in roofing materials and each one has its features and benefits. When deciding what you want to use for your new roof, ascetics are important, but you are undoubtedly going to consider the lifespan of each material as one of the top priorities. Let's look at the available materials and the pros and cons of each material.
How Long Do Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles Last?
This is the most common type of shingle used in the southeast. They are relatively inexpensive and do not require a lot of care. On average they last from 20-40 years under optimal conditions, however, most warranties only guarantee these shingles for 10-20 years, and only from manufacturer defects. When hit by hail or wind from severe storms, the lifespan of these roofs can be reduced by up to 50%.
Life Span of A Metal Roof
Metal roofs are unique in their look and functionality. They are usually made with galvanized steel sheets in varying finishes. They vary greatly in cost depending on the selections made. The life span of metal roofs ranges from 50-100 years, however, most subdivisions with HOAs will not allow this type of roofing unless it is the standard in the neighborhood.
What Is The Average Lifespan Of Tile Roofs?
Tile roofs are made of varying materials. You can get concrete, terra cotta, slate, or clay. This is a very durable roofing that holds up well to strong wind and heavy rain. It can often be found in coastal areas where strong storms are prevalent. Clay tiles can last from 40-60 years and concrete tiles have a lifespan of 50-100 years.
How Long Do Wood Shingles Last?
This is a more costly option than most roofing materials. It is generally made from pressure-treated cedar or other types of wood. These roofs require more maintenance than other options but have a fantastic weathered look. You can expect a wood roof to last 25-30 years in optimal conditions.
Although there are many options available, not all are available for every home. Make sure you have a certified roofing contractor walk you through the selections, and help you make the best decision for your home.
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