What Roofing Material Lasts the Longest?

The lifespan of your roof will depend on a myriad of factors, such as its design, environmental conditions, quality of installation, and exposure to the elements. Likewise, taking proper care of your roof with regular inspections and prompt repairs when needed can help you get the most out of your roof. With that being said, the type of material your roof is made out of will definitely play a big factor in its longevity. If you are looking to replace your roof or install a roof for a new construction project, it is important to consider the various lifespans of roofing materials when making your decision.

Roofing materials generally have the following lifespans:

  • Wood shakes and shingles: 15 to 20 years
  • Asphalt shingles: 10 to 30 years
  • Metal/steel: 50+ years
  • Slate: 50+ years
  • Tile and concrete: 50+ years
  • Foam: 25+ years
  • Built-Up roofs: 25-30 years
  • Single-Ply: 30+ years

The average roof will last around 20 years, though properly maintained roofs can last far longer than their warranties suggest.

Don’t Forget About Quality

It is important to remember that materials aren’t everything when it comes to roofing. In addition to choosing the right type, it is important to choose a brand of roofing material that is known for being high-quality. For example, while wood shingles in general may be estimated to last from 15 to 20 years, opting for low-quality shingles to save a few bucks will likely shave a few years off of its life. Choosing poor quality materials, no matter the type, will always result in a shorter lifespan than if you had chosen a higher-quality material.

It is equally important to make sure your roof is installed by a reputable roofing company that complies with all building and safety codes.Remember: Improper installation can and will void your manufacturer’s warranty. At Lyons Roofing, our Phoenix and Tucson roofers have made a name for ourselves due to our unwavering dedication to quality both in workmanship and in customer service. Having earned countless positive client testimonials and been named among the “Best of the Best, Safe Companies in Arizona” by SCF Arizona, we can deliver the beautiful and long-lasting results you need.

Dial (602) 497-0717 (Phoenix) or (520) 447-2522 (Tucson) to schedule a roofing service today!