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What You Need To Know About Your Roof’S Lifespan


The lifespan of your home’s roof can vary. Whether you’re assessing your current roof, getting ready to put on a new one, or buying a new home, learn about the varied roof styles and their lifespans. Some styles perform better in certain climates than others.

Composite Shingles

Shingles are the most popular choice by homeowners for two reasons; they are quick and easy to install and reasonably priced.  However, within this choice comes a number of other options that affect the lifespan of your roof. Choose between a 3-tab or architectural composite shingle. Because shingles are pliable, they can be cut and installed to match your roof’s design. Lifespans vary from 15-30 years based on the quality and type of roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are not “shakes.” They’re thin, flat pieces sawed directly from the log. As an organic material, weathering and decay over time are unavoidable. However, annual maintenance can allow this style roof to last up to 25-years.

Metal Roof

Metal has become a popular choice recently due to its extended lifespan of 30-50 years. Metal is one of the lighter options. Pre-formed, standing-seam metal is available through all reputable roofing distributors.

Slate Roof

Slate roofs have no timeline. Their indefinite lifespan is ensured when properly installed. Because slates are real stone, it’s essential that strength supports are present to hold the extra weight. Properly supported and hooked, a slate roof will serve you 100+ years.

Tile Roof

Similarly, a hard tile roof won’t succumb to decay. It can, however, crack. It’s important to replace any cracked pieces as soon as you notice them and check the surrounding area for sub-cracks that may evolve soon.

If you’re ready to put a new roof on your home, or you’re preparing to buy a new house, be sure to consult the experts at Superior Roofing Company of Georgia. Their full-service, residential roofing team can assess your roof, make an action plan, and complete the job in record time. Visit their website at to learn more about the full range-of-services they offer including: single repair/replacement, roof leak and ventilation solutions, soffit and gutter repair, and more! Schedule an appointment for an on-site evaluation, then rest easy knowing your roof will be returned to perfect condition.