How Long Does a Roof Last?
How Long Does a Roof Last?
Several factors determine a roof’s lasting ability. It depends on the type of materials used, the installation, workmanship and weather patterns in the area where a home is located. Most roofs can remain intact for at least 15 years, while others can last for up to 50 years. Using less expensive roofing materials can affect a roof’s ability to last, while roofs with more expensive materials can endure beyond the actual lifetime. Looking at the lasting ability of different roofs, here’s a rundown of how long they can endure.
Clay, Tile, and Concrete
Most clay tile roofs last up to 50 years and even longer. They are available in many earthenware colors, but they are mostly reddish-brown, particularly if used in the country’s southwestern part. Though clay can be expensive per square foot, replacing it isn’t a regular occurrence. The durability and limited maintenance factors make them a sought after roofing alternative, plus there are warranties anywhere from 30 years and beyond. The one significant advantage of clay tile is its longevity.
Whether tile material is clay or concrete, it’s usually extremely long-lasting as long as the tile is regularly maintained. It’s also resistant to fires, and other damage and, with the proper installation, should last a very long time. The only deterrents are its susceptibility to hurricane-force winds and minimal maintenance. In the long run, any tile type will be more durable than shingles and friendly to the environment.
Concrete tiles are heavier than clay, plus they are longer-lasting. They last around 50 years. In order to live up to those 50 years, there are certain requirements to follow. More than minimal maintenance, inspections, using quality underlayment, and using an experienced roofer or contractor are what’s necessary to keep a concrete roof going.
Though concrete may last for several years, roof replacement is possible when any underlayment wears quickly. Whether felt or paper, the need may arise for replacement at the 20 or 30-year mark. A replacement could come sooner if inferior underlying materials are used.
Most consumers realize that asphalt shingles are the most popular shingles today and are found in new homes. So, how long does a shingle roof last? They can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Asphalt shingles are affordable, but their lasting power is not as good as other materials. There are, however, warranties available for at least 25 years to cover any problems that may occur.
Asphalt shingles could be partially organic mixed in with cement related fibers. They do provide protection from ultraviolet rays and rain and wind by setting a water resistant seal. This occurs underneath the portion of the shingles protected by a layer of asphalt that becomes tacky from exposure to the sun’s heat.
Another type of upgraded asphalt shingle is an architectural style. An architectural style is not only nicer to look at, but they last somewhat longer at 25 to 30 years. They’re much thicker shingles that can form a denser and more pliable roof. Though more expensive, consumers can choose from different styles that replicate other expensive roofing materials, like tile, slate, and wood. Warranties are available and vary with the manufacturer. Some warranties can run at 30 years.
Slate Tile Roof
A slate tile roof is a durable option, as it can last 100 years or more. Slate’s metamorphic composition makes it a natural stone with a slightly grainy aspect. Slate is expensive, but it can take almost any weather condition while still maintaining its form and beauty.
If there are breaks in a slate tile roof, replacement isn’t difficult. The only problem with slate is its cost and actual weight. Roof Framing will make a change to support the weight of slate tiles. There are warranties available with slate tiles that can cover anywhere from 50 years to a lifetime.
How Long Does a Metal Roof Last?
A metal roof lasts up to 70 years. With a metal roof, it relates its ability to last and overall quality to the metal’s thickness. A metal roof can last long because of its thickness, which is in the 22 to 24 gauge range.
This type of roofing is suitable for regions where winter weather can create havoc with roofs. Snow and ice can easily slide off a metal roof. Even if the weather is bad, a metal roof is durable for up to 50 years. Warranties are available that cover several years to a lifetime, but that all depends on the metal’s quality and thickness.
Wood Shakes and Wood Shingles
Most wood shingle roofs can last at least 30 years, but they require upkeep to keep them in shape. The wood of choice for most wood shingles is cedar, as it is resistant to insects and wood rot, though wood shingles are found in spruce and treated pine. Wood shingles also go by the name of shakes, and they look good on older houses of certain styles, such as Tudor and cottage designs and homes that have historical significance.
They cut most wood shingles on a machine to give them a neat and trim look. Wood shakes have a rougher, rustic appearance from being split by hand on one side. Any wood shingle roof should have an annual inspection, particularly if any shingles have splits in them and need replacement. There are manufacturer warranties available for up to 30 years if there are problems with wood shingle roofs.
How long does a roof last is a question in many homeowners’ minds? If you have further concerns or questions about the right roofing materials that are lasting, cost-effective, and fit in with your local climate, contact Hero General Contracting.
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