Have you wondered how long a new roof would last if you were to invest in a complete roof replacement? Our experts at US Roofing answer common questions about the expected life span of a professionally installed roof.
How Long Can You Expect a New Roof to Last?Ideally, a newly and professionally installed roof should last you anywhere from 15-25 years. However, several factors come into play regarding the expected life span of your roof. These factors most commonly include:
- The roof’s material: Certain roofing materials are more durable and naturally last longer than others. For example, metal and Spanish tile last longer than asphalt shingles. Metal and Spanish tile roofs can last up to 50 years or more if they are properly cared for.
- General maintenance: Roofs need attention from time to time, whether to reseal a small leak or remove debris. Sometimes, you might also need to trim a nearby tree to prevent sap build-up or damage from wildlife.
- The age of your roof: Even if your roof was installed 15 years ago, it might be in perfect condition if it’s made of a durable material like metal or slate and has been well maintained since its installation.
- The installation job: If your roof was not installed correctly, your roof won’t last as long. Installation errors — like improper laying of tiles or shingles — will permit moisture to penetrate your roof and cause damage more quickly.
- The climate and weather: The weather will significantly impact your roof. Wind, rain and hail are especially damaging.
Do You Need to Replace Your Roof?Our friendly, professional contractors can look at your roof to help you decide if a replacement is necessary. The damage we usually look for includes:
- Broken or cracked shingles
- Curling or loose shingles
- Missing granules or shingles
- Dark spots or blistering
- Moss or mold