How Long Does a Roof Last?

Roof Long LastOne of the most important things in life is to literally have a roof over your head. In theory, it sounds simple. After all, houses have roofs. However, roofs require maintenance and repair from time to time and will eventually need to be replaced entirely.

Although most roofs today are designed to have at least a 30-year lifespan, the question of how long a roof will actually last is unfortunately not black-and-white. Factors such as the type of roof on your home and the climate where you live have a significant impact on a roof’s longevity. For example, Dallas, Texas, gets several hail storms throughout the year, which can be damaging and result in the need for professional roofing repair services.

Roofs come in a wide range of types and depending on where you live, each of them has unique pros and cons. They also require different maintenance and repairs, and have different lifespans.

Asphalt Shingles

This is one of the most affordable roofing options available, so it’s no surprise that it’s also extremely common. Asphalt roofs account for approximately 80 percent of new construction. They’re also easy to install and maintain, and there are dozens of colors to choose from.

Most asphalt shingle roofs come with a 25-year warranty, and you can expect them to last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. However, architectural asphalt shingle roofs are another option, and these typically last a bit longer, 25 to 30 years. Architectural shingles seal to the roof in the exact same manner as standard shingles, but they are considerably thicker and more durable.

Wood Shingles

There’s just something about the look of wood shingles, or shake roofs. They have so much charm and look great on just about any style of house. On the other hand, wood is more prone to insect damage and rot than other materials. Cedar is the wood typically used for roofing, as it’s more resistant to insects and water.

A wood shingle roof can last up to 30 years, but it requires annual upkeep. It’s necessary to inspect the roof for warped or damaged shingles every year and make repairs as necessary.

Slate Tile

Slate roofs are the most durable roofing option available, with the ability to hold up to just about anything, save for tornadoes. Because of this, one downside to slate roofs is that they are extremely heavy. The framing of most standard-build homes will not support slate roofs.

Slate is also a naturally beautiful, elegant-looking stone. Combined with its lifespan of upwards of 50 years, it’s understandable why slate is an expensive roofing material.

Clay Tile

This roof style is extremely popular in the American southwest. Not only do the earthy, terracotta-tone tiles look right at home atop Santa Fe and ranch-style homes, but they’re low maintenance and durable. That’s important in the desert, where the sun beats down constantly.

Clay tile roofs are more expensive, but they also have a significantly longer life expectancy than other types of roofs: 50 years isn’t at all uncommon. Some clay tile roofs even come with lifetime warranties.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs are popular mostly in cold areas such as the Midwest, where the smooth surface helps snow and ice slide off. Whether it’s aluminum, steel, copper, or something else entirely, metal roofing materials vary quite a bit in terms of their lifespan.

Generally speaking, the thicker the roof, the more resilient it will be. Aluminum roofs often last about 20 to 25 years, while stone-coated copper or steel can easily last up to 50 years.

Signs It May Be Time to Replace Your Roof

Regardless of the type of roof your home has, all roofs will eventually need to be replaced. One way to tell is the age of the roof, but there are several other signs you should be aware of:

  • Leaks inside your home
  • Cracked shingles
  • Warped or curled shingle edges
  • Visible bald spots where the shingle or tile protective coating is missing
  • Moss growing on the edge of or in between tiles or shingles
  • A drooping or sagging roof

Roofs are one of the most important investments that homeowners make. If you’re unsure of the condition of yours or how much longer it may have left, or if you know your roof needs repairs, contact Paradigm Roofing online or give us a call today at 972-542-7774. We have locations in McKinney, Fort Worth, and Dallas. The professional teams at Paradigm have over 30 years of professional roofing experience servicing both residential and commercial clients.