Whether you are building a new home or simply replacing the existing roof of your house, choosing the right roofing material will be one of the most important decisions you make for your property. It is important to choose a roofing system that best meets the needs of your home, while considering important factors like region, climate, roof pitch, energy efficiency, water runoff, design, style, and more. Like most property owners, you are probably most interested in longevity, which is also a vital aspect to consider.
Continue reading to learn which roofing materials tend to have the longest lifespan for help making a final decision regarding your property’s construction.
Asphalt (bitumen) shingles are one of the most common roofing material in the Midwest. For more than a century, they have proven to be the most prominent and popular choice to this day. Not only are they cost-effective and easy to install, they are durable, long-lasting, and require little maintenance. They also come in countless colors and styles, making it simple to achieve a customized look on a budget. Asphalt shingles can last between 10 and 20 years or more, depending on the level of care they are given. They are especially good choices for sloped roofs.
Composite Shingle Roofing
The two most common types of construction for asphalt shingles are organic mat-based shingles (already mentioned above), and fiberglass composite roof shingles. Composite roof shingles are highly durable, lightweight, and thin, making them cheaper and easier to install, as well as, low maintenance. They also have longer warranties and higher fire ratings in comparison to alternative organic materials. Consumers especially love how they can mimic higher end materials, but for a much lower cost, such as cedar wood shakes and slate shingles. They are also an environmentally friendly product! Their expected lifespans is between 15 to 50 years.
Standing Seam Metal Roofing
Standing seam metal roofs are one of the most popular types of metal roofs. They are interlock metal panels that run from roof ridge to roof eave, giving a property a streamlined appearance. They typically last between 30 to 50 years, and mostly recommended for low-pitch roofs because they deliver better water and snow runoff. Many people believe that standing seam roof systems are more reliable because the panels are raised above the surface of the roof sheathing.