How long will my new roof shingles last?

September 17, 2023 by

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you’re probably wondering how long it will last.

The answer depends on a variety of factors, including the type of shingles you choose, the climate where you live, if it was properly installed, and how well the roof is maintained.

In this blog post, we’ll take a look at some of the most popular types of roof shingles and give you an idea of how long a roof typically lasts. We’ll also discuss some things you can do to extend the life of your new roof!

Asphalt shingles

Overhead view of GAF asphalt roof

Asphalt roof

Asphalt shingles are made from a combination of asphalt and fiberglass. The asphalt is used to waterproof the material, while the fiberglass adds strength and durability.

This durability isn’t as great as some other roofing options, but it is the most popular and affordable roof covering in the country and provides solid bang for your buck. On average, an asphalt roof replacement will last around 20-30 years with routine care.

Metal roofing

Front view of home with metal roof

Metal roof

A metal roof can last anywhere from 40 to 70 years, depending on the type of metal and how it’s been installed.

Steel roofs, for example, are highly durable and resistant to corrosion. Aluminum is also a great choice since it doesn’t rust. Copper roofs can last even longer – up to 100 years! – if properly maintained.

Tile roofs

Overhead view of tile roof

Brava spanish tile

Tile roofs can last up to 70 years or longer with proper care. The longevity of a tile roof is largely due to the materials used in its construction.

Clay tiles and concrete tiles are fired at high temperatures, which makes them highly resistant to extreme weather conditions such as hail and wind.

Additionally, clay tile roofs do not corrode like some metal roofs, helping them retain their aesthetic appeal over time.

Wood shake

Overhead view of cedar roof

Cedar roof

Wood shake roofs can last 30 to 50 years. This is because wood shakes are made of naturally durable materials – such as redwood, cedar, or cypress – that are resistant to the elements and won’t rot.

And they can provide additional protection from UV rays, which can significantly increase their life expectancy.

You can help out your roof

It’s important to keep in mind that the estimates above are only approximate. No two houses or roofs are the same, and almost all will have to face weathering or some sort of damage caused by extreme temperatures, high winds, hail, or other natural disasters.

Therefore, regular inspections and preventative maintenance are highly recommended for any type of roofing system.

With an ounce of prevention, you can ensure that your roof will last for many years and provide reliable protection from the elements. Some things you can do:

Regularly inspect your roof

It is important to look at each section of the roof and its components carefully.

Some common signs of damage include missing shingles, broken tiles, loose flashing or ridge caps, clogged gutters or valleys, and any other visible cracks or holes in the surface.

Damaged shingles on roof

Damaged shingles can cause roof leaks

Check for water buildup along different areas of the roof as well as lines of discoloration due to water seepage from leaks.

If you notice any issues with your shingles or other roofing materials, it may be best to consult with a professional roofer who can assess the severity of damage and make repairs if needed.

Additionally, make sure to check for moss and algae growth, which can cause further damage to your roof if left untreated. Finally, inspect the attic for any signs of water damage due to a roof leak.

If within your budget, it’s also not a bad idea to have an annual inspection done by certified professional roofing contractors, who can help detect any potential issues that you may have missed during your own inspection.

Keep the area clean

Making sure that the area around your home is clear of debris can help extend its life expectancy significantly.

Trimming trees on or near your existing roof can help prevent damage to the shingles and other roof materials. When branches are too close to a roof, they can rub against it, causing wear and tear over time.

Water and debris in gutters

Keeping gutters free of leaves and debris prevents damage to your home

They can also drop debris such as leaves, twigs, and sap that can collect in gutters or form clumps that block water runoff from your roof. This could cause water to back up onto the roof instead of being properly directed away from it, resulting in costly and damaging roof leaks.

In addition, trees can become uprooted or large branches can break during storms and fall onto your roof, causing serious damage. Trimming these trees helps prevent any of these problems from occurring before they start.

Know your roof warranties

It’s in your best interest to note that many roofing manufacturers offer warranties and guarantees on their products, which can provide additional protection against premature failure or damage.

When selecting a roofing contractor, be sure to inquire about the length of any warranty or guarantee they may offer. Doing so will help you get the most from your investment and minimize potential repair costs down the road.

The best warranties cover both the materials and labor used in installation as well as offer coverage against any future defects or damages that may arise due to normal wear and tear.

A good warranty should also take into consideration any weather-related issues, such as hail damage or wind damage.

Pro tip: Regularly check on the status of your warranty so that you can ensure it is still valid and up to date.

Take good care

By investing in a quality shingle roof and following the necessary maintenance plan, you can ensure that your roof will be around for many years to come.

With a regular roof inspection and repairs, along with proactive steps like keeping debris away from your home and trimming trees plus making sure that all materials are properly sealed and insulated, you can help maximize the life of your roof and keep it looking great for many years.

So even though there is no exact answer as to how long a roof will last, you have some guidelines to go by … and also know that you can have an important influence on protecting your investment.