In last week’s blog we covered choosing your roofing material based on cost alone. However, if you’re looking to avoid calling your roofing contractor for another roof replacement for as long as possible, you might not want to consider the cost of materials and installation. Different materials have vastly different life expectancies.
Installation and Maintenance Matter
Before we get into the details of the longevity of roofing materials here are a few things you should know:
- A roofing overlay (putting a new roof on top of your old one) will never last as long as an installation after a tear off.
- When your roofing contractor installs a total roofing system, as recommended by the manufacturer, you can expect your roof to last longer than when they cut corners.
- Regular maintenance helps extend the life of your roof by catching small issues before they become big problems. Talk to your roofing contractor about recommended maintenance for the roofing material you choose.
It should go without saying that hiring an experienced roofer who knows what they’re doing as far as installation goes for the brand and material you choose will lead to a longer lasting roof.
Average Life Expectancies of Different Roofing Products
Have you ever looked at pictures from historic towns in Europe? You may notice tile roofing on some of the buildings. Although it’s likely that these historic buildings have had some type of restoration, the roofing may be partially original – literally hundreds of years old.
Today’s tile roofing isn’t expected to last that long, but some tile roofing products come with 50-year warranties. With proper installation and maintenance your tile roofing may outlast the building you install it on.
Metal roofing with protective finishes won’t rust like older metal. You can expect it to last up to three times longer than an asphalt roof. Most new metal roofing has a life expectancy of 40 – 70 years.
Asphalt shingles won’t last as long, especially with the weather and intense sun we have in Tampa Bay. Three-tab shingles last the shortest – about 10 – 15 years with proper installation and maintenance. Architectural and designer shingles last longer, as long as 25 years although some offer longer warranties.
If having a new roof that is the last roof you ever need installed on your home is important, call Suncoast Roofing Solutions. We’ll help you choose the right material and style for your home and budget. Roof replacement estimates are always free so call us today at (813) 283-2544 for your appointment.