Even the most durable and well-installed roof shingles have a lifespan which is relative to the materials they are composed of and the environment that surrounds your home. Waiting too long to repair or replace your roof can compound any damage. We here at Brava Roof Tile will detail the characteristics of the most popular roofing materials and give advice for their upkeep and relative lifespan before needing replacement.
Slate, Concrete, or Clay
Incredibly hardy and long-lasting shingles made from these materials have a much longer lifespan and can withstand much more tumultuous weather. Though they will weather even the strongest winds, some may still become dislodged in hurricane-prone areas. Due to the sharp edges and heavier weight, they can pose a serious hazard. That said, roofs made of these materials typically have guarantees between 50 and 100 years, meaning they make an excellent investment. Another thing to consider, however, is that due to the weight of these materials, you will need a much stronger support system in order to accommodate them on your roof. If that support isn’t already in place, adding it can increase the price of installation. As with asphalt, these materials can become a home to moss, algae, or mold and require occasional cleaning in order to maintain their aesthetic appeal.
This is the most common material used in roof shingles. There are different degrees of quality and longevity when it comes to asphalt, but typically they will last somewhere between 10 and 25 years. This lifespan can be dramatically decreased depending on the weather they are exposed to, since constant dramatic thermal shifts and strong winds can wreak havoc on this material in particular. If you have an asphalt roof, it’s important to keep an eye out for the visual signs of deterioration such as cracks, breaks, and missing tiles. Though you can do minor upkeep by replacing individual shingles, eventually a time will come when the entire roof should be replaced.
The cheaper metal options will last anywhere from 30 to 50 years, but the more premium options such as titanium, zinc, or copper can last well over 100 years. They are by far the most easily maintained as the metal itself is resistant to algae and other growth, meaning the upkeep is minimal. They are also incredibly hardy, standing up well to strong winds and varying temperatures. For the eco-conscious among you, they are also the most easily recycled material and the most convenient and seamless when installing solar panels on the roof. This can dramatically increase your return on investment if that’s another avenue you are looking to explore. Every roof is different and knowing what it’s made of is the first step in establishing its lifespan. After this, you must consider the area of the country you live in and how stressful the weather is on the materials of the shingles used. Finally, the easiest way to check on the health of your roof is a visual inspection for warping, breaks, cracks, discoloration, and weathering. If in doubt, call a professional to conduct an inspection.