Which Roof Lasts the Longest?

The roof is arguably one of the most important components of your home, yet if you are like many homeowners, you may not have a deep understanding of your roof and the critical role it plays in keeping your family, mechanical systems, and the home’s structure safe.

Most homeowners do know, however, that a residential roofing system is a significant investment, so when they contact a roofing company for roofing services, one of the obvious questions is which roof lasts the longest.

The outermost roofing materials are the primary factor in a roof’s expected lifespan, since the roof decking and underlying supports can last years or decades longer. Here is an overview of the expected lifespan of the most common roof materials.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States, accounting for 75% – 80% of all residential roofs. There are three main types of asphalt shingle roofing:

Strip Shingles

They are one of the most affordable options for residential roofs. Often called 3-tab shingles, they were the most common asphalt shingle used prior to the 1980s, when designer shingles were first introduced. Made of a single layer, asphalt strip shingles have a very flat appearance. Installed properly, they can be expected to last between 10 and 20 years depending on the natural environment, the slope of the roof, and other factors.

Architectural Shingles

These are also known as dimensional shingles or laminate shingles. They are made from two or more layers of asphalt that are fused together, which gives them the appearance of being multidimensional. They typically weigh more than strip shingles, and they are more durable and longer-lasting. As a result, dimensional shingles also have longer warranties. Most architectural shingle roofs can be expected to last between 15 and 25 years.

Luxury Shingles

They offer premium protection and the longest expected lifespan of the asphalt shingle options. Premium shingles are thicker and can give the appearance of wood shakes or slate roofing. The expected lifespan of a roof using luxury shingles is 20 to 35 years.

Luxury roof shingles

Metal Roofing

Once mainly used in commercial buildings, metal roofing for residential homes has grown in popularity. There are several types of metal roofing that a roofing company might suggest:

Standing Seam Metal Roofs

They are the most popular metal roofing system for homes. They are durable, energy efficient, and offer good wind ratings. On average, a standing seam metal roof should last between 30 and 50 years, but premium standing seam metal roofs made of higher quality metals like stainless steel or copper could last up to 100 years.

Metal Shingles

These are a lower-cost alternative compared to standing seam roofs. They have an expected lifespan of 30 to 50 years while still offering many of the same benefits of standing seam roofs.

Ribbed Metal Panels

They are another more affordable metal roofing option that can be expected to last 20 to 35 years. 

Tile Roofing

Concrete Tile Roofing

Concrete tiles are an excellent roofing material in certain situations. Because they are heavy, they require special framing, but they offer a unique look and can last from 40 to 75 years.

Clay Tile Roofing

Like concrete, clay tiles are heavy and cannot be used in homes without the necessary support. They have a high wind rating, and a clay tile roof should last 50 to 100 years.

Tile roof types

TPO Roofing

TPO roofing consists of a single-ply membrane. With welded seams that are strong and durable, TPO roofs are energy-efficient and typically used on residential roofing systems that have a low slope. A properly installed TPO roof has an expected lifespan of 15 to 25 years. 

Is It Time for a New Roof?

All roofing materials will eventually deteriorate and need to be replaced. While the expected lifespan of a roofing material can help guide expectations, homeowners should understand the signs that it may be time for a full roof replacement sooner.

If any of these signs are present, it is prudent to get a professional roof inspection. Many roofing contractors will do an inspection at little or no cost.

  • Missing asphalt shingles, or shingles that are curled or cracked
  • Clogged gutters or downspouts from asphalt shingles that have lost a significant amount of their surface granules.
  • Metal roofs that are rusty.
  • Missing, cracked or loose clay or concrete tiles.
  • TPO roofing with cuts or other damage to the membrane.
  • The roof is sagging or feels spongy when walked on.
  • There are stains on ceilings or walls inside the home.

Regular roof maintenance can prolong the life of any roofing material. Professional roofers know how to inspect and care for a wide variety of roofs, and the cost for routine roof maintenance can be more than offset by the savings from avoiding future, more expensive roof repairs.

Ongoing roof maintenance can also add to a home’s market value during a sale, since prospective buyers can have peace of mind that the roof is sound.

Woodstock professional roofers

Roofing Services in and Near Woodstock

When you need the best roofer in Woodstock, Newnan, or Lawrenceville, contact Northpoint Roofing Systems. We are a residential and commercial roofing company offering full roofing services, from roof repair through full roof replacement.

Our experienced and licensed drone roofing experts can do a roof inspection at no charge, utilizing the same artificial intelligence technology that is used by major insurance companies.

Once we have identified and located any issues with your roof, we can provide a report and make recommendations based on your specific needs and budget. Our team of experienced roofing experts can work with your homeowners insurance on any claims for roof damage.

Northpoint Roofing Systems is pleased to offer roof financing to help homeowners with the cost of roof replacement or roof repair.

We pride ourselves on providing not only the finest in workmanship, but also the best customer service. Our goal is always to give you peace of mind with a roof that protects your family and your home for many years to come. Contact us today to schedule your free drone inspection and learn more about why our roofing services are the best.