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Roof Types & Average Life Span

Alex Marginean

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How long does a roof last? That has a lot to do with the roofing material you choose to cover your home or business. Other factors that affect roof longevity include your particular weather and climate, your building’s design and construction, and the regularity of roof maintenance performed.

If you’re considering a roof install or replacement, read the infographic presented by Skywalker Roofing one of the best roofing companies in North Carolina. It explores the life expectancy and various pros & cons for various roofing materials, including the following:

  • Asphalt Shingles

Average Lifespan: 20 years

Pros: Easier to Install Than Some Materials, and Often Easier to Repair

Cons: Moderate Protection, Shorter Life Span Than Some Materials

  • Metal Roofing

Average Lifespan: 30 years

Pros: Different Color & Texture Options, Reliable Durability

Cons: Leaks Can Form from Punctures/Tears, Sometimes Prone to Fade

  • Wood Shake (or Wood Shingle) Roofing

Average Lifespan: 30 years

Pros: Attractive Natural Shades, Renewably Sourced

Cons: Higher Cost for Materials & Installation

  • Tile Roofing

Average Lifespan: 50 years

Pros: Impervious to Rot, Eco-Friendly and Recyclable

Cons: Higher Cost, Complex Installation

  • Slate Roofing

Average Lifespan: 40 years

Pros: Natural Sourcing, High Resale Value

Cons: Few Color Options, Complex to Repair

  • Rubber Roofing

Average Lifespan: 40 years

Pros: Long Lasting, Minimal Maintenance

Cons: Not Suitable for All Roof Styles, Professional Installation Required

 

For more details about roofing material options, their respective lifespans, and more, be sure to check out the full infographic on Skywalker Roofing or check their info graphic below:


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