Longevity is the foremost factor homeowners have to consider when choosing a roofing system. What’s the use of a roof that will only last four to five years? To get true value for your money, you’ll need a system that can protect your home throughout the changing seasons.
These are the four roofing types with the longest life span:
1. Slate Roof
Slate roofs last up to more than 100 years. In fact, slate roofs from the 16th century are still standing today. Slate is a natural stone product, which explains its longevity. It will last even longer if your roofing contractor installed flashings well. Slate tiles themselves are also completely fire-proof.
2. Wood Shakes
The life span of wood shakes is usually 35-40 years. They are either split or sawn from logs and are much thicker than wood shingles. Wood shakes resist strong winds, hurricanes, heavy rains, hail storms and snowstorms. They are also energy-efficient and provide natural insulation. This allows you to save on energy bills.
3. Clay Tile Roof
Few roof replacement options can last as long as clay tile roofs. Spanish tile roofs still protect old California missions today and you can still find them in top shape in Spain and South America. Clay tiles don’t decay or shed off grains like other materials. Aside from their proven longevity, clay tiles are wind-, hail-, and fire- resistant. They stand up well to variable wet, dry, hot and cold air streams.
4. Metal Roof
Metal roofs can last from 30 to 50 years. They will not corrode or crack and are generally impact-resistant. They will not spark and ignite into flames during a wildfire or lightning strike. They are also energy-efficient as they reflect solar radiant heat, reducing cooling costs by 10-25%.
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