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Roof Types and Average Life Span

Roof Types and Average Life Span

How long does a roof last? That has a lot to do with the roofing material you choose to cover your home or business. Other factors that affect roof longevity include your particular weather and climate, your building’s design and construction, and the regularity of roof maintenance performed.

If you’re considering a roof installation or replacement, this infographic from Skywalker Roofing will come in handy. It explores the life expectancy and various pros & cons of different roofing materials, including the following:

 Asphalt Shingles
Average Lifespan: 20 years
Pros: Easier to Install Than Some Materials, and Often Easier to Repair
Cons: Moderate Protection, Shorter Life Span Than Some Materials

 Metal Roofing
Average Lifespan: 30 years
Pros: Different Color & Texture Options, Reliable Durability
Cons: Leaks Can Form from Punctures/Tears, Sometimes Prone to Fade

 Tile Roofing
Average Lifespan: 50 years
Pros: Impervious to Rot, Eco-Friendly and Recyclable
Cons: Higher Cost, Complex Installation

 Wood Shake (or Wood Shingle) Roofing
Average Lifespan: 30 years
Pros: Attractive Natural Shades, Renewably Sourced
Cons: Higher Cost for Materials & Installation

 Slate Roofing
Average Lifespan: 40 years
Pros: Natural Sourcing, High Resale Value
Cons: Few Color Options, Complex to Repair

 Rubber Roofing
Average Lifespan: 40 years
Pros: Long Lasting, Minimal Maintenance
Cons: Not Suitable for All Roof Styles, Professional Installation Required

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