Longevity is a big factor to consider when getting a roofing replacement. For homeowners, getting a roof that lasts longer means getting more out of the investment they put into it. Better roofing materials also increase the curb appeal of a home along with its value.
You have many options when it comes to roofing materials, and each one of them will have a different life expectancy. While there isn’t really a wrong choice when choosing a roof, this information will still help you make the best decision for your home based on your budget. These are the average lifespans of common residential roofing materials.
Metal Roofing: the Longest Lasting Solution (40+ Years)
Metal roofing is known throughout the industry as the longest-lasting roofing material because of its sturdy construction and resistance to wear and tear over time. It performs just as well in hot and sunny climates as it does in areas with harsh winters, ice, and snow (like the Midwest). It’s also resistant to some hail and storm damage, meaning there are fewer repairs that will need to be made across its lifetime.
The trade-off for metal roofing is its price; it’s one of the more expensive roofing investments upfront. However, its longevity far outweighs its cost, and it actually turns out to be the least expensive roofing option as far as annual costs over its entire life are concerned.
Asphalt Roofing: the Economical but Short-Lived Solution (About 20 Years)
Asphalt roofing shingles are one of the most common roofing materials on the market because of their affordability. While they are a perfectly suitable roofing material, they are not known for their longevity. The average homeowner will go through multiple asphalt shingle roofs over the course of their time in a home. They do not cost much upfront, but they also do not last as long as many other roofing options. They are also susceptible to storm damage, algae, and other environmental damage.
Wood Roofing: the Middle Ground (About 30 Years)
There’s no doubt that wood roofing is beautiful and comes with its own distinct charm. It also lasts longer than asphalt shingle, although it does come with some drawbacks. The first is the price; it’s more expensive than asphalt shingles, yet it doesn’t last as long as metal roofing. It also needs to be maintained over time to extend its lifespan completely. It’s not as maintenance-free as asphalt shingles.
Wood roofing is a great choice for longevity and for those who love its undeniable charm.
Looking to make the right choice for your home? Get in touch with Schmidt Roofing for a free quote today!