How Long Do Roofs Last?

How long do roofs last?

When it comes to safeguarding your home from Ohio’s harsh weather and other elements, the roof over your head serves as your home’s first line of defense, and so
much more.

Because of this, understanding your roof’s life expectancy and how to prolong it through proper roof maintenance is of the utmost importance. We at Van Martin Roofing
understand this better than anyone. Keeping up on your roof not only saves you time and money; it also ensures your home remains safe and dry. It protects your valuable
home investment. It provides you with peace of mind, which is priceless. Whether you are considering a new roof or curious about the longevity of your current roofing system, this guide covers several essential insights into different roof types and how to gauge your roof’s remaining lifespan. For the most accurate assessment of any roof’s life
spans, nevertheless, there’s no substitute for having a professional evaluation from a company like Van Martin.

Life Expectance by Roof Types

The lifespan of a roof significantly depends on the type of material used, the quality of installation, the climate it’s subjected to and other factors. From traditional asphalt shingle roofs to tile roofs, wood shingle roofs and more durable options like stone coated metal – every type of roof offers its own unique attributes, benefits and expected longevity. In the following, we will cover the most common types of roofing systems here in the Miami Valley Ohio area, starting with shingle roofing and moving down our list.

Shingle Roof

Because of their cost-effectiveness and straightforward installation, shingle roofs are among the most common types of roofing material in the United States. On average, a well-installed shingle roof can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years. Factors such as weather conditions, the quality of the shingles, the frequency of maintenance and the types of repairs needed over time can affect this range. For more information on shingle roof options and longevity, explore our shingle roof replacement page.

Stone-Coated Metal Roof

Combining aesthetics with durability, stone-coated metal roofs offer a lifespan that far exceeds traditional roofing materials. This type of roofing typically lasts anywhere from 50 years to 70 years; its protective coating not only adds a layer of weather resistance but also contributes to a unique style that can complement any home. If you’re considering roof replacement, this type of roof is of the highest quality materials. Learn more about stone-coated metal roofing at Van Martin Roofing.

Flat Roof

Flat roofs, which are most commonly seen in commercial properties but also used in certain residential applications, have a lifespan that largely depends on the material used. Most flat roofs can last between 10 to 25 years, with materials like PVC or TPO offering the upper end of durability and longevity. For an in-depth look into flat roof options, click here.

TPO Roof

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) roofs are a popular option for commercial buildings. Because of their reflective properties, TPO helps in reducing cooling costs. A TPO roof
can be expected to last for about 20 to 30 years, with proper installation and maintenance enhancing its lifespan and energy efficiency. For more details on TPO
roofing, check out our “What is TPO Roofing?” learning center blog.

Cedar Shake Roof

Cedar Shake roofing provides a classic and rustic appearance to homes. With a life expectancy of about 20 to 40 years, it is also a great choice. The key to maximizing a cedar shake roof’s lifespan lies in routine maintenance and treating the wood to resist mold and rot. It is also essential to inspect for damage and maintain proper ventilation.

How Much Life is Left in My Roof?

In a perfect world, your roof would last 100 years. The world is not perfect, nevertheless, and our roofs don’t last forever. Because of this, we now move on to the all-important question: How much time does my roof have left before I need roof repairs or roof replacement? Determining the remaining life of your roof involves inspecting for signs of aging or damage. This process is always best left to the experts. However, for now you can look for missing, cracked, or curling shingles in addition to moss or algae growth. You can also check for leaks or water damage in your attic. If your roof is nearing the end of its expected lifespan or showing signs of wear, you should give us a call right away!

Consulting with a professional roofing company like Van Martin Roofing provides you with a comprehensive assessment. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure! Proper maintenance is essential for extending the life of any roof and your roof is no exception. Having your roof inspected, cleaned, and making timely repairs can mitigate the need for a premature replacement and protect your home in the long term.

For all your roofing needs in the Greater Dayton Ohio area, look no further than Van Martin Roofing. With 20 years of experience, we are always committed to providing top-quality service at competitive prices. We are here to ensure your roof remains in its best condition for as long as possible. We can also help you weigh the pros and cons of whether to repair or replace. Whether it’s routine maintenance, repairs, or a full replacement, our team is here to help with all types of roofing projects.

For more information, give us a call today at (937) 222-7855.