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What Is The Average Lifespan Of A Roof?

As a homeowner, you want to invest in materials that will last as long as possible. Read on for a breakdown on average lifespans of different roofing materials, as well as issues that can cause your roof to fail prematurely. 

Average Lifespan Of Various Materials

  • Asphalt shingles: Asphalt shingles are among the most common roofing material, and for good reason—they’re relatively inexpensive, easy to install, and come in a variety of color options. However, asphalt shingles are not as durable as other materials, lasting an average of 30 years.
  • Metal roof: Metal roofs are becoming increasingly more common, especially with the popularity of modern home styles. Metal roofs are very durable, lasting for an average of 50 years—almost double the lifespan of asphalt shingles!
  • Wood shingles: There’s nothing like the classic natural beauty of a wooden roof, and wood shingles are significantly more eco-friendly than asphalt. Wood roofs last an average of 40–60 years, although they require regular maintenance to prevent rot. 
  • Tile shingles: Tiles have been making a comeback recently, due to their many benefits. Tile roofs offer superb protection against the elements, and last an average of 50–80 years with some roofs lasting even longer! We know what you’re thinking—if tile roofs last so long, why don’t more homes use them? The answer: cost. Tile roofs are expensive to install, with installation fees alone ranging from $10,000–$14,000.

What Causes A Roof To Fail Prematurely? 

Just because your roof is expected to last for decades doesn’t mean it will. Hail can quickly cause significant damage to your roof, especially if you have asphalt shingles. Also, a build-up of debris in your gutters can cause ice dams to form during winter months, allowing water to seep in through your roof. 

Roofs are complex systems, and sometimes the issue isn’t with the roof itself but with the structure underneath. Moisture in your attic can cause mold and rot on the rafters, leading to structural damage over time. 

At K & P Exteriors, we work with homeowners to determine the best type of roof for each home and budget. If your roof is showing signs of damage, give us a call! Our team will perform an accurate damage evaluation, and help guide you through the insurance process. Visit our website or call (303) 853-0072 to get in touch today. 

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