Last edited 18 Sep 2019

Average life spans of roofs

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How long does a roof last? That has a lot to do with the roofing material chosen as well as; weather and climate, building design and construction, and the regularity of roof maintenance performed and so on.

Life expectancy and various pros and cons for various 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 colour and texture options, reliable durability.
  • Cons: Leaks can form from punctures/tears, sometimes prone to fade.

Wood shake (or wood shingle) roofing

  • Average lifespan: 30 years.
  • Pros: Attractive natural shades, renewably sourced.
  • Cons: Higher cost for materials and installation.

Tile roofing

  • Average lifespan: 50 years.
  • Pros: Impervious to rot, eco-friendly and recyclable.
  • Cons: Higher cost, complex installation.

Slate roofing

  • Average lifespan: 40 years.
  • Pros: Natural sourcing, high resale value.
  • Cons: Few colour options, complex to repair.

Rubber roofing

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