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How Long Does a Roof Last? (Guide for Roof Longevity) 

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When it comes to investing in a full roof replacement, you want to make sure you are getting a great return. Therefore, it is important to do your due diligence when deciding your next roof. It is natural to wonder how long your roof will last and the answer depends on a few factors. Depending on the materials used, the climate, and the maintenance of the roof, your roof may last anywhere between 20-100 years. There are also several components that contribute to how long a roof lasts, such as the quality of the materials used, climate, and the quality of installation. There are many considerations to consider before deciding if a roof replacement is needed for your home.  

One of the most important components of a roof’s longevity is the quality of materials used. Certain materials are prone to wear and tear more quickly than others, depending on the climate and environment they are exposed to. For example, asphalt shingles are more apt to deteriorate quickly in extreme weather conditions, and if your roof is exposed to a lot of sunlight, this can cause the materials and shingles to warp and crack over time. It is important to purchase high-quality materials from a reputable supplier to ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible. 

Additionally, it is important to consider the environment in which your roof is installed. Choosing to build in a harsh environment such as a coastal area where wind and other elements can affect the roof’s stability, may require more maintenance and upkeep to keep the roof at peak performance. However, a roof installed in an area with more temperate and mild climates may require less maintenance and upkeep. It is also important to keep in mind the quality of installation. 

Again, quality of materials, the material you choose, the installation quality, as well as your geographical location will all play a role in the longevity of your roof. This article will give a thorough some of the most frequent roofing materials, the duration they last and warning signs that the roof requires replacing. 

How Long do Roofs Last on Houses? 

Below you will see a breakdown of the most common roofing materials and the length of time they typically last. It is important to note that a roof’s life expectancy can be greatly affected by the climate and environment in which it is installed and how well it was installed and maintained. 

Lifespan of a Shingle Roof – 25-50 years 

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in the United States, and they last anywhere from 25-50 years depending on the care they are given and the climate you live in. Asphalt shingles are exceptionally durable, and are resistant to fire, wind, and hail damage. However, it is important to inspect them regularly for any damage, as well as for any missing shingles that need to be replaced. Normal wear and tear will cause them to deteriorate faster, so regular maintenance is essential to extend your shingle roof’s life. It is important to ensure that all shingles are properly sealed, and any cracks or holes in the shingles should be repaired as soon as possible. Proper ventilation is also important to ensure that your shingle roof remains in top condition. Additionally, it is important to check the flashing and seal around the chimney, vents, and other areas.  

How Long Does a Metal Roof Last? – 70+ Years 

Metal roofs have become increasingly popular due to their durability and long lifespan. A metal roof can last up to 70 years and is highly resistant to weather and fire damage. Unlike shingles, metal roofs can last up to 70 years with proper maintenance and care. Metal roofs are also highly energy efficient and can reflect up to 70% of the sun’s rays, making them a wonderful choice for those looking to reduce their energy costs. These types of roofs are fairly expensive and do come with some noise pollution from rain and hail, they are still a great choice.  

Tile Roof Lifespan – 50-100 Years 

Tile roofs also have a long lifespan and can last up to 50-100 years if properly maintained. Tiles are highly resistant to weather and fire damage and require only little maintenance. They are also exceptionally durable and can withstand heavy winds and hail. However, it is important to inspect tile roofs regularly for any broken tiles or cracked grout; this should be repaired promptly. Clay tiles come in either concrete or clay and should be inspected regularly for signs of wear. Regular maintenance and inspection of your roof is key to ensuring that it lasts as long as possible. Additionally, it is important to have a professional roofer inspect your roof every few years to ensure its longevity and to identify any potential problems. Regular maintenance and inspection of your roof can go a long way in terms of helping to extend the life of your roof. 

The tiles themselves may last 100 years, however it can be smart to replace the underlayment every 20-30 years or so to ensure the roof remains waterproof. This process usually entails stripping the roof of the tiles and replacing the underlayment and putting the tiles back on the roof. It is crucial to have a qualified tile roofing contractor execute this job on your behalf in order to avoid any broken tiles. DaBella provides tile roof and underlayment replacements for three of our locations including San Diego, Phoenix, and Chandler Arizona locations. 

Slate Roof Lifespan – 75-100 Years 

Slate roofs are a timeless, classic choice that can last anywhere from 75-100 years. It is known to be a very durable material and can easily withstand harsh weather conditions and fire. It is also exceptionally durable and can withstand exceedingly high winds. Slate roofs require little maintenance, although it is important to inspect them regularly for any signs of wear or damage. Slate roofs are also extremely heavy and if you decide to replace your roof with new slate shingles there could be extra support requirements added to your home to ensure the safety of your structure. Overall, this isa durable and high-end product that will cost you a pretty penny, but this type of roof does provide the highest return on investment for your home. 

How Long do Synthetic Slate Roofs Last? – 50-100 Years 

Synthetic slate roofs are a great alternative to traditional slate roofs, as they are made from recycled materials and are less expensive. Synthetic slate roofs can last up to 50-100 years with proper maintenance and inspection. They are also more lightweight than real slate shingles and easy to install and require little maintenance. Synthetic slate roofs are also resistant to weather, fire, and pests, which makes them a great alternative to traditional slate roofs. Comparing the costs between real and synthetic is not an enormous difference; however, the synthetic slate roof is slightly cheaper and has all the benefits of a real slate roof with added curb appeal.  

How Long Does a Green Roof Last? – 40-45 Years 

Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular due to their environmental benefits and long lifespan. A green roof can last up to 40-45 years if properly maintained, and they are highly resistant to fire and weather conditions. Additionally, they are energy efficient and can help to reduce the energy costs of a building. Green roofs require regular maintenance, such as checking for cracks or leakage, and should be inspected regularly by a qualified green roofer. 

How Long Does a Cedar Shake Roof Last? – 20-30 Years 

Cedar shake roofs are a great option for any home, as they are aesthetically pleasing and add character to a building. Cedar shake roofs can last anywhere from 20-30 years depending on the quality of the shakes and the amount of maintenance that is done on them. It is important to have a professional inspect your cedar shake roof regularly to ensure that it is in good condition, as any damage should be addressed promptly. Additionally, cedar shake roofs are highly susceptible to fire, so it is important to take precautions to prevent any potential fires. 

How Long do BUR Roofs Last? – 15-30 Years 

Built-up Roofs, or BUR, are the traditional flat roofs that you see on many commercial buildings but also can be found on homes with flat roofs. They are composed of several layers of felt or tar paper and asphalt, which can last between 15-30 years depending on the quality of the materials and the amount of maintenance. BUR roofs require regular inspections and maintenance, such as checking for blisters, cracks, or leaks, to extend their lifespan.  

How to Tell if you Need a New Roof?

If you are unsure if you need a roof replacement, there are a few signs to look out for. Signs that indicate that you may need to replace your roof includes cracked or missing shingles, broken tiles, water stains on your ceilings or walls, sagging roof sections, or leaks after a storm. Additionally, if your roof is over the standard age for your type of material it is likely time to replace it. If you are still unsure, it is best to consult with a professional roofer who can assess the condition of your roof and provide an honest recommendation of how much longer your home’s roof can last and if it is time for a replacement. 

DaBella is the Residential Roofing Professionals You Can Trust 

If you are looking for a top-notch roofing contractor you can trust, DaBella is the team to call. With years of experience in the roofing industry and many satisfied customers, DaBella can provide the roofing solutions you need. Our team of trained professionals will work closely with you to identify the issue and provide a long-term solution that meets your needs. Whether you need a new roof for your home or an overall inspection of the roof we can guide you through the process and the next steps toward a successful roof replacement project.  

DaBella has been recognized and awarded for our high quality and professional customer service by Qualified Remodeler. They have named us the top performing roofing company in the nation as well as being #11 on the list of the top 500 remodelers in the country. With such credentials, you can rest assured that your roof replacement project will be handled by a team that is reliable, knowledgeable, and experienced. DaBella is committed to providing our customers with the best possible roofing solutions, from start to finish. We understand that a roof is an investment in your home and that is why we strive to provide exceptional materials, quality workmanship, and excellent customer service. With our team at DaBella, you can have the peace of mind knowing that you have the best roofers in the business taking care of your home. 

Contact DaBella today at 844-DaBella. Our team of roofing experts is here to provide you with the best roofing solutions and service. With our dedication to the highest quality products and services, you can trust that your project will be handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. We understand that choosing the right contractor for your roof is a crucial decision and we look forward to helping you through the process. Contact us today for a free quote on your next roof replacement project! 


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Steven Shortridge

District Manager

Portland, OR

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