Roof Types with the Longest Lifespan

When the time comes for new roofing, there are many options from which to choose. Knowing that new roofing is an expensive home improvement project, you will want to ensure you choose a roof that can hold up to the elements and will protect your home and family for a long time.

For roofing, quality lends itself to longevity and value. Let’s explore some of the more common residential roofing types and uncover which have the longest lifespans. For comparison sake, these roof types, as well as cost calculations will be based on national averages for professionally installed roofs on a 2,000 square foot home.

The Asphalt Roll Roof

Asphalt Roll Roof Lifespan

An asphalt roll roof is comprised of rolls of the same material makeup of familiar asphalt shingles. This type of roofing is often used on homes with flat pitches, and is installed in lengthwise strips laid to overlap. Its ease of installation makes it a favorite of do-it-yourselfers (DIYers) who often install in on porches, garages, and sheds. In most cases it is not used on homes because although it is economical, it generally lasts on five to 10 years and is prone to damage from debris. Average costs are between $2.00 and $2.50 per square foot, which on a flat pitched roof would be approximately $4,000 to $5,000.

The Asphalt Shingle Roof 

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You are probably familiar with the popular composite asphalt shingle roof which is present on approximately 80 percent of homes. These shingles feature a fiberglass or organic base combined with asphalt. Fiberglass asphalt shingles have a fiberglass base, while organic asphalt shingles offer a wood-product base. The exposed surface of composite shingles are covered with chips of quartz, ceramic, or slate. They come in a variety of colors including wood tones.

Fiberglass shingles are lower in cost and lighter in weight, while organic shingles are more durable. Both types of asphalt shingles, compared to other roof types promise easy installation, a comparatively low cost and a life expectancy of 15 to 40 years.

Typically asphalt shingle roofs are installed by professional roofers, and The Roof Guys are experts in Landmark® Series Asphalt Shingles. The composite asphalt shingles longevity can be increased by keeping them free from moss, not walking on them, and never pressure washing them. Average costs for asphalt shingle roofs are approximately $5 per square foot, which on a roof of a 2,000 square foot house with normal roof slopes would come to around $11,000 when professionally installed.

The Clay or Cement Tile Roof 

Clay or Cement Tile Roof Lifespan

Clay or cement tile roofs may conjure up images of the American Southwest, but these strong and durable roofs are prevalent across the country. Classic styles are made from terracotta clay, but concrete tiles and ceramic tiles are also popular options. The individual tiles are installed in an overlapping pattern on the roof and all require roofs designed to hold the weight. This type of roofing requires professional installation and will last for 100 years or more when cared for properly. While exceptionally durable and long-lasting, tile roofs can crack, so walking on them should be avoided.

In addition, coating the tiles can help as does replacing damaged tiles quickly. Average costs for concrete tiles is approximately $10 per square foot, while terracotta may cost up to $20 per square foot and ceramic tile up to $30 per square foot. At the mid-range of $20 per square foot, the total costs would approximately $45,000 for an average 2,000 square foot home.

The Wood Shingle Roof

Wood Roof Shingles Lifespan

Wood shingles are created from natural wood like pine or cedar and offer the promise of an aesthetically pleasing roof. Keep in mind that in areas prone to seasonal wildfires, the use of wood shingles may be restricted. Wood shingles feature an average lifespan of up to 30 years, but longevity may be increased in mild climates or by keeping the roof free of debris. Average costs for wood shingles are between $7.00 and $11.00 per square foot. Taking the midpoint, a wood shingle roof would cost approximately $20,000 for a home of around 2,000 square feet.

The Roof Guys Can Help! 

When faced with the challenge of replacing your roof, the Roof Guys can help you determine what material offers the best value for your home in the long term. Often the least expensive option can actually cost you more when you consider how often it will need to be replaced over the life of your home.

Keep in mind that the length of your roof’s service depends not only on the material chosen but exposure to elements, environmental conditions, and the quality of installation. You should also remember that improper installation can void the warranty, no matter what roofing type you choose.

At The Roof Guys, we can help with recommendations for the best roof type for your home and where you live. Our mission is to deliver a high-quality roof that provides exceptional protection for your home and family.



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