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    How Long Does A Roof Last?


    One of the most frequently asked questions about home ownership is how long does a roof last? There is no quick and easy answer to that question, though. Barring severe storms or other damage (a tree falling or whatnot) the range can be anywhere from 15/20 years to even up to 70 plus years. Different price points and different materials will have a significant impact on the durability of a roof. Below are some average life expediencies of different types of roofs:

    • Asphalt shingles – Asphalt shingles are currently the most common type of roofing material used in the US because of the affordability and the layers of protection offered. A typical asphalt roof has an expectancy of 15-30 years.
    • Architectural shingles – Architectural shingles are a higher grade of asphalt shingles and are up to three times thicker offering a more resilient roof and can be more attractive. Architectural shingled roofs can have an expected life span of about 25-30 years.
    • Wood shingles – Cedar shingles (or shakes) are the preferred wood since they are so resistant to rot and insects. Cedar shake roofs can last up to 30 years but do need annual inspections with any split shingles being promptly replaced.
    • Clay tile – Known for its bold terracotta color (although available in a host of earthy tones) clay tile roofs are very popular in the southwest US. Durable and low maintenance, these roofs can last over 50 years with some companies giving a lifetime warranty on a clay tile roof!
    • Metal roof – Quality determines durability with metal roofs. The thicker the gauge the longer the roof should last. While a metal roof can last up to 70 years some of the less expensive options may only last 20-25 years.
    • Slate roofs – With regular maintenance a slate roof could last over 100 years! While slate roofs cost significantly more (and weigh more than standard framing can bear) they can withstand almost anything that mother nature can throw its way. With regular yearly maintenance these roofs could outlast the home itself!


    While there is no quick and easy answer to how long does a roof last there are some guides to know about. If you are thinking of replacing your roof we recommend contacting a reputable, licensed contractor to talk you through your options.

    As always, the real estate professionals of Julie & Company | Keller Williams Excel Realty is always here with referrals or to help point you in the right direction. Give us a call at 614-259-8229 to speak with a licensed, professional real estate agent.

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