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Average Life Span of Your Roof

Average Life Span of Your Roof

The life span of roofs depends on factors such as roof design and the climate in your area. The quality of installation as well as maintenance also play crucial roles in the life span of roofing systems. The average lifespan of your roof can also be determined based on the material it is covered with. Some of these materials include:

Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles
Asphalt shingles are not expensive. They require low maintenance and are easy to install. However, they are less resistant to wind and strong rain. Asphalt shingles can last for about 20 to 40 years based on the manufacturer. Fiberglass shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles and can last for at least 50 years.

Wood Shingles and Shakes
These materials are made from pressure-treated wood. They are more expensive than asphalt shingles. They require periodic maintenance and can be found in natural or pre-stained as well as aged finishes. These finishes give roofs a weathered look. Wood shingles are resistant to insects and rots and have a life span of about 30 years.

Copper and Steel
Metal roofing is made of galvanized steel sheeting. Copper sheets and tiles can also be used. The price of a steel roof is dictated by the finish applied on the roof, the size and the shape of the roof. Steel roofs are durable and can last for at least 50 years. Copper can last for about 100 years.

Stone Tiles
Stone tiles are made of slate, clay and concrete. They are resistant to fading and are capable of withstanding strong wind and heavy rain. They are heavy and should thus be installed by a professional. Stone tiles have long life span due to their durability. Clay tile can last for about 40 to 60 years. Slate and concrete tiles can last for about 50 to 100 years.

Flat Roofs
How long flat roofs can last depend on the materials that cover it. Rubber roofing (EPDM or elastomeric membrane) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane and it’s not covered with gravel. It is more expensive than asphalt coatings. It also offers high resistance to ultraviolet and is also durable. Such roofs last for about 40 to 50 years.

Thermoplastic olefin membrane (which is made from ethylene propylene rubber and filler materials) have a life span of about 40 to 50 years. They are resistant to tears, punctures and ultraviolet rays.

Regardless of the type of roof you’re interested in, give Denver Roofers a call today to discuss your options and receive your FREE project estimate!


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  • john
    July 12, 2018, 7:59 pm REPLY

    That’s cool that asphalt shingles can last 20-40 years. I bought an older home so I’ll have to see if my shingles are approaching that age. Period homes are cool but require some tlc.

  • Kit Hannigan
    September 7, 2018, 11:18 pm REPLY

    Thanks for mentioning how asphalt shingles can last up to 20 to 40 years. My aunt’s property in the suburbs has a really dingy asphalt roofing, and I would think it’ll be wise to do some maintenance work on her roof as early as now. I’ll be sure to share this article with her so she can consider reaching out to reputable roof repair services that can help her fix her roof back to tip-top condition.

  • Kit Hannigan
    September 16, 2018, 11:26 pm REPLY

    Wow, it sure is interesting to know that fiberglass shingles can last up to 50 years. My dad is looking to remodel his vacation property before the Christmas season hits. I think he has a lot of time left to start with this project. Surely, he’ll want his investment to last, so I’ll be happy to share this article with him so he can consider opting for a fiberglass roofing.

  • Kit Hannigan
    December 27, 2018, 2:38 am REPLY

    Wow, it sure is nice to know that copper roofs can easily last for up to 100 years! My mother is looking to spend some of her inheritance to construct a luxury home. She intends for it to last long enough so her future grandchildren can enjoy it. It sure does look like a copper roofing will be able to fit the bill nicely.

  • Emma Brian
    January 30, 2019, 12:13 pm REPLY

    Thank you for the great insight about lifespan of all these roofing materials. All roofs are made from different materials and each type of roof has a different lifespan. I think the best way to determine how long you can expect your roof to last is to check with the manufacturer’s warranty. Also with good maintenance and frequent inspections, you can usually extend the lifespan of most roofs.

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