What is the lifespan of my roof?

What is the lifespan of my roof?

Owning a home is the largest investment the average American makes and you should be asking, “What is the lifespan of my roof”? The basic function of any roof is to offer protection from the elements for people and their possessions. Roofs can also provide insulation, retaining heat in the winter or cool air in the summer.

The lifespan of your roof generally depends on the type of material used to cover it. Here we will break down the different types of materials and the life expectancy of each.

Asphalt Composite Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common of roof shingles. The average lifespan of asphalt shingles ranges from 20 to 40 years depending on the manufacturer. The longevity of asphalt shingles totally depends on where they have been installed and if they have been installed properly. In warmer climates like here in Houston, asphalt shingles have a shorter life span than in cooler climate states. The lifespan is shortened from about 20 years to 14 years. Extreme in temperatures is what mostly affects the life of shingles and roofing materials.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs can lasts 40-70 years. Metal roofs are more durable and environmentally friendly also. Some metal roofs can sustain wind gusts up to 140 miles per hour. Here in Houston, and surrounding areas, especially in Galveston, this is very important to protect against hurricane winds. Also, metal roofs don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require. Metal shingles can be fabricated to look very much like traditional asphalt shingles.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingle roofs average about 25 to 30 years in longevity, though longer lifespans are sometimes achieved in locations where the roof experiences mild conditions and remains free of debris. It does depend on the type of wood. The lifespan of a cedar shake roof is different than that of teak or wallaba. However, the wood shake roof’s lifespan is almost always longer than that of asphalt and other more common roofing materials. Wood shingles are attractive and a popular choice amongst luxury home owners. Unless of course, you live in an area prone to fires, like California. Here in Houston, wood shingles would be a great choice.

Slate Shingles

The king of longevity! Slate shingles longevity is sure to outlast the homeowners longevity with a whopping 125 years lifespan! Slate is one of the few roofing options that doesn’t need to be replaced within the span of a lifetime. Some slate shingles have been known to last 200 years.

There are 18 different types of roof shingles you can choose to replace or have installed on your home. Each one has different benefits, costs, materials, and style. If you need help deciding what roofing material suits your house best, feel free to give us a call. A professional and trusted roofing contractor at Houston Reality Roofing will be happy to come out, inspect your roof for free and give you a consultation.

Call us at (936) 641-3123

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