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How Long Do Residential Roofs Last?

August , 2022 | 22 min. read

By Joe Martinez

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Just like anything else on planet Earth, your roof has a lifespan. So, it’s pretty important to know how long it’s going to last you. Keeping track of these things can help you to know when it’s time to schedule your bi-yearly maintenance, or when it’s time for a total roof replacement. Either way, if you’re reading this article, you’ve probably had the invasive thought of how long is my roof going to last?

Whether you’re currently facing issues with the roof on your home, have had a new roof installed years ago, or just simply what to know how long your roof is going to last you, RoofCrafters has your back. We’ve been installing and repairing roofs for over 28 years, so if there’s anything we know, it’s the lifespan of a roof, and how to make it last.

A residential roof’s expected lifespan depends on a few factors, such as how well it’s maintained, the materials it’s made out of, the weather conditions in your region, etc. In this article, we’re going to break it down for you. You’ll learn about the different components that affect the longevity of your roof, how long roofing materials are expected to last, and how you can ensure your roof lives up to its average lifespan. Let's get started!



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How Long Do Residential Roofs Last?


To answer this question, it’s important to take several things into consideration. Factors such as weather conditions, frequency of roof maintenance and repairs, the installation process, and the quality and type of materials used all play a huge factor in determining the expected lifespan of a residential roof. Let’s take a look at how each of the factors mentioned above can affect a residential roof’s age.

1. Weather Conditions


If you live in a zone that frequently experiences harsh weather conditions, your roofing might start showing signs of premature wear. Heavy storms and even hail can cause damage to the roofing system, hence requiring repairs or complete roof replacements more often.

 If your region of residence has had harsh weather conditions, bear in mind that your roof’s estimated lifespan could potentially decrease. The intensity or severity of the weather can play a huge factor in the lifespan.

2. Frequency of Repairs


If your roof has been problematic lately and more frequently, it can be troublesome, but it also says a lot about the roof’s overall condition. Repairs are required when your roofing system fails due to:

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  • Faulty workmanship
  • Cracks or holes
  • Missing shingles
  • Impacts from hail or tree limbs
  • Storm damage

If your roof was recently repaired and requires another round of repairs, you might want to start planning or at least consider replacing your roof in the near future with a new one.

3. Installation Process


The quality of the installation will also affect the roof’s age. If you get a roof installed and repaired by a professional roofer, the roof’s age will not be affected. In contrast, if the roofer is inexperienced and does a lousy job, sadly you may need to invest in a new roof sooner than anticipated.


4. Quality and Type of Materials


Higher quality materials for the roof are a larger investment upfront. However, these materials can give you optimal results for much longer periods. High-quality materials consist of components like slate, clay, tiles, and metal. 

As you can tell, quality matters. The types of materials used have a large impact on your home’s roofing systems. Let’s look at some of the most common types of roofs in the United States and their average lifespan.

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I. Asphalt


Asphalt shingles are one of the most common materials used for residential roofs in America.

 They are by far the most economical, and therefore more pocket-friendly. Asphalt shingles are commonly used in areas with higher temperatures and last about 15-20 years on average depending on the type.


II. Metal


Metal roofing keeps houses warm during winter, and cool during summer. These roofs can last longer than asphalt shingles roofs. Their average lifespan can be anywhere between 50 and 75 years.

III. Wood


Wooden shingles are usually installed in zones with high winds. These can withstand wind speeds of 245 miles per hour. The lifespan of wooden roofs depends on the quality of the wood used. You can expect a wooden roof to last almost 30 years in the right climate.

IV. Slate


Slate tiles are the most expensive roofing material and are commonly installed in large custom homes. The frequency of repairs on this type of material is low, and thus it can live up to 2 centuries if properly taken care of.

V. Clay or Concrete


Clay tiles can last anywhere from 75 to 100 years if regularly maintained. In addition, it is important to remember that clay tiles are designed for regions with extreme weather conditions.

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How Can I Ensure My Roof Lives its Average Lifespan?


Here are a few things you can do to ensure the roof lives its average lifespan:

  • Install proper ventilation systems
  • Make sure the deck of the roof is strong enough to hold the roofing materials
  • Schedule cleaning and maintenance of the roof with a professional roofer
  • Install and maintain a proper gutter to get rid of water and other debris
  • Schedule annual inspections 


How Long Will My Roof Last?


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In the end, it all comes down to the type and quality of materials used, weather conditions, frequency of roof repairs, and the quality of roofing services provided to you. It’s super important to make sure that you’re taking proper care of your roof. Remember, if you take care of your roof, it will take care of you.

If you have any further concerns related to a roof’s lifespan, want to know more about the materials used on your roof installation, or just have a few questions, drop us a line on our website and we’d be happy to help in any way we can. In the meantime, be sure to browse through the extensive resources located in our learning center. I recommend reading "How Long Do Roof Repairs Last?" in order to be educated in the event you need a repair somewhere down the line.

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Joe Martinez

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