What is the Lifespan of Roofing Materials?

Roofing Materials

Although most of us typically only have to replace the material on the roof of our homes once, it’s important to make sure we pick the right one. You want your roof to last – not just while you live there, but also for the next family or generation who lives there, as well. It’s not always an easy decision to make, however, so it’s important you know the facts about each material. Here is a look at the advantages and lifespans of the most common roofing materials.


Asphalt Shingles


One of the most common roofing options are asphalt shingles. These shingles average a lifespan of about 20 years. Of course, this varies depending on the specific type of shingles used and the manufacturer’s warranty. Some options are protected for as long as 50 years, though with that guarantee comes a premium price over traditional shingles varieties.




Metal roofing is another common choice, though different groups are divided on what the reasonable lifespan is for these roofs. For example, the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors projects that a metal roof can be reasonably expected to last between 40 and 80 years, but The Metal Roofing Alliance cuts that a little shorter – anywhere between 40 and 60 years. As with anything, the individual installation and weather conditions experienced will play a large role on how durable your roof is, though the general consensus is that metal roofing should last for at least 40 years.


Wood Shingles


Wood shingles are similar to asphalt in terms of installation, but offer a bit of an edge in durability. Typically these shingles have a lifespan of approximately 30 years, but that can last longer if you experience more moderate or temperate weather conditions. If we don’t experience many crazy storms throughout the time you have your roof, using wooden shingles will last you a very long time.


Slate, Concrete and Clay Tiles


Solid like a rock – because they literally are – slate, concrete and clay tiles are the toughest materials you could use for your roof. These materials have a premium price, but offer premium protection. If you use any of these options to top your roof, you could reasonably expect your home to stay dry and protected for as long as a century. This makes these materials a great selection for anyone who is planning to build a home to live in for the rest of their life or even to pass down to the younger generations in the future.


Roofing by Bruce offers comprehensive roofing installation and repair throughout central and eastern Pennsylvania. Based in East Stroudsburg, we stay up to date with the latest building codes, material advancements and installation techniques to ensure that our customers receive the best roof possible. To learn more about our services, give us a call today at 570-424-7250!




Money Spent on Roof Replacement Worth Every Dime

Roof ReplacemetGetting your roof redone or totally replaced seems like a costly endeavor and it is. Many bemoan when it’s that time to do up the roof and while we don’t blame them, we still think they need to be educated on the importance of the roof. A faulty roof will cost you more money in the long run, not to mention destroy the inside of your home. It’s as if you’re willingly inviting in all the world’s pests to run rampant in your home; you wouldn’t open your door to let termites in, would you now?


Think of a leaky roof as one giant termite; it is determined to tear down your house one way or another. You just can’t keep patching it up; you have to step up to the plate and deal with it, kind of like staff members at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston.



Malcom Gay of the Boston Globe writes, “But last winter, under the brunt of an accumulated 110 inches of snow, the historic palace sprang several chronic leaks, endangering items in the collection and forcing staff to take the drastic steps of putting out buckets, rubber mats, and shrouding some works in plastic sheeting.” Really? That’s no way to run a museum with priceless artifacts. That’s also no way to live. Period.



The museum came under attack for their method of “patching things up.” Art enthusiasts and city officials were shocked at their irresponsibility and lack of concern. It reflected poorly on them as well as the entire city of Boston. So this is how they take care of their precious things, some would say. Others would marvel at the complete lack of professionalism.


Needless to say, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum buckled under the criticism and is undergoing a vast project to renovate or replace (if need be) all the roofs (yes, there are multiple roofs!). The whole project will cost around $1.5 million. Next time you think getting a new roof is expensive, just think of the museum. They came around. Will you? As Anne Hawley, the museum director, put it: “We an’t afford to take any chances.” You can’t either.