Roofing Options – How Long Will Each Material Last? [infographic]

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Of all the questions we get at JW Services Inc. of NC, the most common roofing question is how long the various roofing options will last. We understand you want to get the most for your investment and would prefer not to need a replacement roof anytime soon after making it. By offering a variety of roofing options, we give you the opportunity to balance various objectives, including cost, appearance, maintenance, and life span. We are happy to schedule a consultation to go over your roofing options and provide a quote for the material you end up selecting. While we’ll cover other advantages besides longevity, here’s a breakdown of how long you can expect each material to last.

Roofing Options – How Long Will Each Material Last? [infographic]

  • Asphalt Shingles – While there are many different styles, price points, and quality of asphalt shingles, you can expect these roofing options to last between 15 and 30 years.
  • Wood Shingles – The longevity of wood shingles depends on the quality of the product and the wood species, as well as the climate in the area. Some materials such as cedar perform reliably for 30 to 50 years. If you want longer, consider teak with a lifespan of 50 to 80 years.
  • Metal Roofing – Metal roofing offers an exceptional lifespan of 35 to 50 years. The wide range has to do with the quality of metal used and the quality of the installation.
  • EPDM Roofing – As a rubber material, EPDM roofing has a slightly lower lifespan of somewhere between 10 and 15 years.
  • Copper Roofing – Copper might seem to be a new fad, but the reality is that it has been in use for a very long time. While the typical minimum lifespan is about 7 decades, there are buildings well over 100 years old with original copper roofing and even some in the world with copper roofing that is centuries old.
  • Real Slate Roofing – Enjoy the look of natural slate and you can enjoy your roof for the rest of your life and pass it on to the next generation. The longevity of slate is one of its best selling points – slate roofs can last from 125 to 200 years!