What Is the Average Lifespan of a Roof?

Roofs do tend to last a long time so many people put them out of their minds until they start noticing problems such as loose shingles, algae growth or, of course, the dreaded water leak. Often, a simple roof repair is sufficient to keep damages and problems at bay, but when the entire roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, it may be more cost-effective to have an entirely new roof installed.

So what is the average lifespan of a residential roof? This question is answered by Renee Miller in her SF Gate article, “The Average Life of Roofing.”  Miller breaks it down as follows:

  • Asphalt shingles: 20 to 40 years
  • Fiberglass shingles: more than 50 years
  • Wood shingles and shakes: about 30 years
  • Copper roofs: Up to 100 years
  • Steel roofs: 50 years or more
  • Clay tile roofs: 40 to 60 years
  • Slate and concrete tile roofs: 50 to 100 years

You can learn more about each of these different types of roofs and their longevity by reading the full article here

If your roof is older and is nearing its expected lifespan, you may wonder whether a roof repair or replacement is the better choice. To find out, you can contact Baltic Home Improvements to schedule a complete roof inspection. Our experienced roofers will examine your roof both inside and out to determine whether a new roof is needed at this time, and you can get a full written report of our findings.

We are an award-winning roofing company that has been providing area homeowners with exceptional services for more than a decade. Contact us today for more information or to schedule an evaluation with our knowledgeable staff.

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