Have you been living in a home for a while and wondering if a roof replacement is right around the corner? Are you purchasing a home with an older roof and wondering how long it’ll be before you need a roof replacement? Let’s discuss how often your roof needs to be replaced.
The Average Lifespan of a Roof
There's no standard lifespan for a roof. Instead, its service life depends on the roofing material used, how well the roof has been maintained, and the type of conditions the roof has been subjected to.
Nevertheless, there are average lifespan ratings for various types of roofing that will give you a general idea of how long a roof will last.
One of the most widely used roofing materials is asphalt shingles. They have a life expectancy between 20 to 30 years. As for durability, they’re average, so the climate and conditions can greatly shorten the lifespan in some cases.
Clay and Cement Tile Roofing
Clay and cement tile roofing systems give off a non-fading earthy tone and can last between 50 to 100 years. They're also resistant to many environmental factors like flames, strong winds, water leaks, and insect infestations.
Slate Tile Roofing
Slate roofing systems are famous for their high longevity. Compared to other materials, they can remain intact anywhere between 75 to 125 years with proper maintenance. They're also resistant to flames and mold growth.
Wood shingles exude a natural, sleek, and uniform exterior design. You can expect them to last anywhere between 30 to 40 years when maintained properly.
Wood shakes have a rougher texture and overall finish than wood shingles, their closest relative. They also last between 20 to 40 years and give off a rustic or traditional design. They're the best match for homeowners who want a cozy feeling home.
If you want low cooling costs, a metal roof might be a great choice. Metal roofing is durable and can endure strong winds, which is why the service life is between 40 and 70 years. Metal roofs also reflect sunlight and provide your home with plenty of insulation year-round.
Other Factors That Lead to Roof Replacement Sooner Rather Than Later
The material used for your roof has varying pros and cons that affect its overall life expectancy. Materials aren’t the only consideration, though. Roofs may need replacement more often based on these factors:
The most obvious environmental factor that has a massive impact on the service life of your roof is the weather. Heavy rains, hail, and strong winds can cause cracks or dents that will call for replacement more often.
Extreme hot and cold climates can wear down your roof much faster. This is especially true if you choose a roofing material that’s not well suited for the climate you’re in. For example, tile is popular in Florida because of how it holds up in extreme heat where another roofing material may not hold up as well.
Amount & Intensity of Sunlight
Similar to the weather and climate, the amount of sunlight hitting your roof can also decrease its expected lifespan. For instance, colored roofs can absorb heat and eventually degrade quicker than light-colored roofing systems. One great alternative is metal roofs that can reflect sunlight, maximize energy efficiency, and wear down slower.
Slope of Roof
The slope and design of your roof are responsible for directing and managing water flow onto your gutters. This helps prevent water from pooling on top and causing leaks and damaged boards. So having an excellent slope will allow water to flow right. But if your house has a flat or low slope roof, you're more vulnerable to having roof replacements sooner than expected.
Other than the physical aspects of your roof, poor workmanship during the installation process can cause leaks, cracks, and other premature failures to occur faster. That will absolutely decrease the life expectancy of your roof, so make sure you’re always hiring a professional roofer with great reviews for every job.
Neglecting regular roof maintenance can contribute to your roof's shorter lifespan. Taking care of minor issues before they become major issues is an important step in making sure you squeeze every year of life out of your roof.
How Often Should You Replace Your Roof?
Thankfully, replacing a roof isn’t something you have to do often. If you’re wondering how your specific roof is holding up and what the time frame might be, we’d encourage you to schedule a free roof inspection.
We’ll send a roofing expert out who can properly assess your roof and give you a solid idea of where you’re at in your roof’s lifespan.
Of course, if there is damage to your roof that could be covered by an insurance claim, we’ll let you know. Best case scenario is that your insurance company accepts the claim and replaces your roof. All you have to pay out of pocket for a brand new roof in this scenario is your deductible.