When it comes to replacing a roof, clients often ask us what roofing material lasts the longest. A roof that is properly cared for, inspected each year, and repaired as needed can see a lifespan of between 15 and 100+ years, depending on materials.
So, what type of roof lasts the longest? Well, that depends on the roofing material, environment, exposure to elements, and care. In this article, we will break down roofing materials by lifespan, pros and cons, so you can make a more informed decision when it comes time to replacing your roof.
Wood (15-20 YEARS)
- Wood shakes that have proper maintenance can last 40 years
- Very practical and beautiful but susceptible to insects, pests, and rot
- Wood can get wet in winter and warp
Asphalt (10-30 YEARS)
- The most common type of roof
- Very cost-effective and easy to install
- Quality will vary among both product lines and brands
- Very light and usually the best choice for average homes
SYNTHETIC (50+ years)
Synthetic roofing shingles, such as F-Wave, Davinci, CeDUR, and Enviroshake, offer the beautiful aesthetic look of real wood and slate, while being incredibly durable, fire-resistant, hail resistant, reflect UV rays/heat, and hold up to extreme weather and wind.
- F-Wave roofing shingles come in a variety of colors and styles. They are durable, low maintenance, and have a 5-year hail coverage guarantee. They have a class IV impact rating with a Class A fire and Class 4 hail rating.
- CeDUR roofing shingles look like real wood yet are fire-resistant and maintenance-free.
- Enviroshake roofing shingles offer both slate and cedar lookalikes. They are maintenance-free and made to withstand extreme weather of all types. They also come with a lifetime warranty.
- DaVinci roofing shingles look like either real slate or real wood. They have a class A fire rating, plus a Class 4 impact rating, and can resist wind speeds of 110 mph.
Slate (50+ YEARS)
- Looks good on historic homes and popular in the northeast
- More expensive
- Very heavy, not ideal for all houses
- Faux slate is an option since it weighs and looks the same as real slate but has a much shorter lifespan and can crack/fade over time.
Tile & Concrete (50+ YEARS)
- More expensive
- Looks beautiful
- Tile reflects heat
- Concrete comes in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors and is fire-resistant
- Concrete, however, can be hefty and if not installed correctly prone to water leakage
Metal/Steel (50-100+ YEARS)
- Wind and fire-resistant
- Energy efficient
- Eco-friendly and recyclable
- More expensive
- Can still get punctures and tears and pool water
- Can be noisy in the rain; slick in the snow; reflects the sun so ideal in hot climates
Clay (100+ YEARS)
- Beautiful aesthetic
- Should be paired with an effective gutter system
- Limited on colors and heavy; not ideal for all houses
While it may look attractive to select the roof material that will last the longest, there are many factors to consider that will affect the life of your roof and which option may be best for you and your situation, such as:
- Weather conditions
- Building construction and design factors
- Frequency of inspection and proper maintenance
- Quality of roof material
- Underlayment (material under the shingles-required in some houses)
Luckily, you don’t need to make this decision alone. When it comes to roofing, remember to go with a reputable roofing expert, such as Axe Roofing. We ensure that roof installations are done correctly to increase the chances that it will last for years to come.
We will also educate and guide you through which roofs last the longest and which one makes the most sense for you based on the pros and cons. On top of that, we also offer complimentary upgrades to maintain your roof’s integrity. These upgrades include an ice and water shield, new pipe jacks, synthetic underlayment, and new flashing and proper ventilation.
If that’s not enough, we offer free consultations, easy financing, and will help explain how roof insurance claims work. That’s because choosing the right material within your budget and for your home is an important decision. We will help you through the process from beginning to end. Our quality materials and installation help you achieve long-lasting durability on your roof.
Our experts will be happy to discuss with you the best roofing material option in the Denver CO and surrounding areas. Contact us today!