How long your roof will actually last depends on many different factors, including the climate in your region, how much attention you pay to roof maintenance and the average lifespan of the material used. Talk to local Danville roofing experts for the specifics of your needs to determine what will work best for your home or business.
In the meantime, in general, here is how much the different materials can be expected to stay on your building among ideal circumstances:
- Asphalt shingles – the solution is affordable and attractive and it comes with an average life expectancy of 20-30 years;
- Metal – the sheets and shingles made from various metal alloys can protect your building for about half a century. The most expensive type of metal roofing, copper, can last for up to a century;
- Clay and cement tiles – these attractive and durable materials can easily last for more than a century. If you are planning to use clay or cement for your new roof, make sure that your building is suitable for receiving the new roof – both materials are quite heavy and can be used only on buildings that can hold the extra weight;
- Built-up roofs – these roofs consist of alternated layers of bitumen and gravel or other aggregate and with proper maintenance, they can live for 20-30 years;
- Wood shingles – the material is not cheap and it is not recommended for buildings in very humid and very arid areas. In the right climate area, wood shingle roofs can last for 30-35 years.