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How Long Does a Roof Last?

One question homeowners often ask when they are torn between specific roof types for their home is, how long does a roof last? While the longevity of a roof depends a lot on proper maintenance and care, the materials you choose for your roof and its design also has a bearing on how long it will last. Some roofs last longer than others, with the thickness of the material used for it and with the inherent qualities of the material itself.

The quality of the roof also has a bearing on how long it will be before you will need to have your roof replaced. This is why it is important when you pick a roofing material and type, that you know how durable it is and that you choose from a reputable brand. This is to ensure that your roof will last a long time.

To help you decide which type of roof is best for your home, here are some of the more popular options for you to choose from:

  • Asphalt Shingles – this is the most commonly used material for roofing and is chosen by many because it is one of the cheapest as well. The main problem with cheap roofing materials is in how long these last. The longest asphalt shingle roofs can last is 20 years with proper maintenance, but there are some asphalt shingles that can last up to 50 years, although these cost more than regular asphalt shingles.
  • Wood shingles – shingles made out of wood, provided they are cared for the right way and are made out of a durable kind of wood, can last you up to 30 years before any replacements are needed.
  • Slate, concrete, and clay tiles – these roofing materials are considered some of the most durable but are also some of the heaviest and most expensive. These roofing options come with at least a 50-year life expectancy and can be expected to last even up to 100 years, with proper care and maintenance.
  • Metal roofing – the lightest and probably one of the most cost-effective roofing options you have is the metal roof, which can last somewhere between 40 to 80 years, depending on the quality and brand that you choose to use.

Finding the right roofing material for your home in Richmond and Hampton Roads, VA does require that you make an educated choice as to what will best suit your budget and your home’s style. You also need to choose a roofing contractor that can properly install your new roof for you and can put together a roof maintenance plan for you as well. The company that can do all of these for you is AAPCO.

We can install your roof for you and even install gutter protection for added roof durability. Contact us today at 804-214-7370 so we can help you with your roofing and other home improvement needs.