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    How Long Will Your Roof Last?

    Reviewed by Tomas Kalkys. President.
    Qualifications: More than 20 years of experience in residential and commercial exterior remodeling.
    Founding farther of Legacy Service.
    Written by LegacyUSA Team

    posted on May 08,2018

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    When buying a new home or deciding to replace the roof on your existing home, you may start to wonder how long does a roof last? Knowing the answer to this question will help you in deciding which type of roofing materials to choose from or how much longer it will be until you have to start looking into replacing the roof on your new home. There are several factors that determine and affect the longevity of your roof. Luckily, in many of these cases, you have the ability to extend your roof’s lifespan and make sure that it lives up to its integrity.

    When it comes to how long should a roof last, two of the biggest factors that determine it’s lifespan is climate and the type of material used. Depending on where you live, the weather can take a huge toll on your roof and that’s why it’s important to choose a material that not only looks great but will protect your home from harsh weather. Mother nature isn’t the greatest ally to your home or your roof. Over the years after installation, occurrences like heavy winds, tough rains, and very high humidity can really start to take a toll on your roofing. Make sure to have a good understanding of the climate in your area when determining what type of roof to purchase.

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    If you bought your house without knowing the age of the roof, there are many signs that can help you figure out if it’s time to replace your roof or how long your roof should last. Look out for the following clues to help you determine your roof’s age and need for repair or replacement:


    1. Shingles are curled or buckling
    2. Dark streaks on roof
    3. Moss growing on the roof surface
    4. Missing shingles
    5. Missing granules


    All of these signs will give you a clue that your roof has some age on it. If you notice that your roof is showing any signs of damage, it’s important to act quickly. Putting off replacing your roof can cause you to end up in a financial bind and cause many safety hazards for your home, putting your family at risk for danger. Once you replace your roof, the new one can typically last you anywhere between 15 to 100 years! It all depends on the material you choose. Being knowledgable on the different benefits and qualities that each material provides will help you determine which is best for your home. Our experts have put together a list of the most popular roofing materials and how long they should last.


    Although the climate is out of your control, also being knowledgable about the different qualities that each roofing material provides will help you decide what’s best for your home and how long it will last. Different materials have different benefits and it’s imperative to have a roof replacement plan. Although no one wants to invest in a new roof, no one wants to be rushed into replacing one when they least expected it. Replacing an older roof before it fails is a good way to prevent interior damage and emergencies.


    Asphalt shingles

    Asphalt shingles roof

    • A well-installed asphalt shingle roof, also known as a composition roof, can last you anywhere between 10 to 20 years. This material remains to be the most popular and economical choice for homeowners due to pricing and how long a shingle roof lasts. Asphalt shingles are affordable with moderate durability and a wide variety in styles and colors.


    Metal Panels

    Metal Panels Roof

    • How long should a metal roof last? If installed professionally and properly, a metal roof can last you from 40 to 70 years. Once mainly used for commercial use and as tin roofs on farms, homeowners have started taking advantage of the great benefits of metal roofing. The best quality of a metal roof is its lifespan. Thanks to the unique durability of the material, you can count on a metal roof to withstand the toughest elements and protect your home.
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    Slate Roof

    Synthetic Slate Roofi

    • Slate roofing is one of the most historical roofing materials. The average lifespan of a slate roof can last well over 80 years. Slate roofs are extremely durable with a unique and beautiful appearance. Now with synthetic slate available, homeowners can achieve the look and durability of real slate without the added maintenance. Slate and synthetic slate are great options if you want a roof that lasts a lifetime.


    Cedar Shake

    Cedar Shake Roof

    • Lasting about 10 years longer than asphalt, wood shake roofs have a lifespan of 30 to 40 years. A cedar shake roof is very resistant to wind and great in lasting through bad storms.  Also being one of the most energy efficient roofing options, choosing cedar will help you save on your energy bills.



    Rubber Roof

    • Rubber roofing, also known as EPDM rubber roofing, is an extremely durable roofing system that is mainly used for low slope buildings in the U.S. Used for only commercial buildings, this type of roofing system long lasting, does not scratch or scuff and is very easily repaired. This type of roof can last from 25 to 30 years with virtually no maintenance involved.


    Concrete or clay roof tiles

    Concrete clay roof

    • Concrete roofs can simulate the unique stone appearance of clay tiles. Both materials are very durable though concrete is less expensive. Tile roofs last about 50 years and are very resistant to bad weather. Concrete and clay tile roofs are a great choice when looking to achieve a Spanish colonial look for your home.


    It’s important to always make sure you are choosing the best roof for the architectural design of your home. How many years your roof lasts you can depend on a number of components like roofing material, structure of your home, climate, and much more. When planning to replace your roof, it is important to research material options and know what is most beneficial to your home. A new roof will give you peace of mind and a sense of relief. Always be sure to keep an eye out for damage and to choose a trusted contractor once you are ready to start your roofing project.

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    Posted on May 08,2018 in Roof

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    A lot of elements play a role in maintaining the integrity of the roof, but as a homeowner, the most important components to pay attention to are the underlayment, ventilation, and material.


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