We want our clients to be as informed as possible. After all, purchasing a roof is a big decision. Not only does it affect the aesthetics of the home, but it also has a lot to do with how long the roof will last. So, that begs the question, which roof type lasts the longest?
In order to answer this question, it’s important to consider what causes wear and tear. We also need to ponder on the roofing material’s durability, or how likely it will be able to stand up against serious damage. There are five points to consider:
1. Locate Climate
This includes weather, rain, and wind.
2. Environmental Factors
The environment, including wildlife.
3. Building Design
This involves how conducive (or not) the structure is to potential hazards. Consider an industrial or commercial building. A roof that is part of this structure is more likely to break down more quickly due to residue, exhaust, and chemical hazards.
4. Roof Material
Referring to the material type that covers the roof, this can be metal, asphalt, slate, wood shake, foam, tile/concrete, and others.
The amount of professionalism employed for the roof installation.
It’s true that the owner of the structure has limited control over each of these points. But the factor that the owner absolutely has say in is the material selected for their next roof. Also, one would want to locate certified professionals to install the roof correctly and competently.
A roof installed improperly can wind up costing the owner of the structure thousands of dollars, both in the short-term span of time and the long-term. This can mean additional roof repairs are required and, in some cases, even another roof installation. However, the opposite is also true. You may have materials of poor quality, but if properly placed, the roof can end up lasting a longer amount of time than if it were installed by an incompetent individual.
Which type of roof material is the most long-lasting? On average, a roof will not need to be replaced for 20 – 25 years. However, some material options do significantly lengthen the roof’s lifespan. Consider the following material options and their average lifespans:
– Wood shake (15 – 18 years)
– Asphalt shingle (20 – 25 years)
– Foam (20 – 25 years)
– Built-up (BUR) (20 – 30 years)
– Single ply (25 – 35 years)
– Metal/steel (40 – 60 years)
– Slate (50+ years)
– Tile/concrete (50+ years)
Of course, a roof will last longer when it is maintained regularly. A roof that does not see maintenance will decline in a quicker fashion. As mentioned previously, even if you opt for a material that is lower in quality, how it is installed and maintained will determine how long it lasts.
It is imperative for home and business owners to routinely inspect their roof. Failure to do so can lead to unnecessary complications and costs in the future. So when it comes to what roof type lasts the longest, it certainly depends on the above factors and how much time and effort you are willing to put into your roof.