How Long Do Different Types of Roofs Last?

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A Variety of Options

Most people know that there are a variety of different roof types for both residential homes and commercial buildings. Some of them are much more popular than others in certain areas of the country due to their unique properties and some last longer than others. Knowing which types of roofs are available, how long each lasts, and which are good choices for the Midwest, will help you pick the type that’s best for you.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common and popular in the Midwest and in many other parts of the country. Not only are they relatively inexpensive, but they also last about 20 to 25 years. There are a number of different style and color options for those who want a unique roof. Though asphalt shingle roofs can’t compare with some other choices when it comes to longevity and durability, they are still good options for budget-conscious homeowners. 

Clay or Concrete Tile Roofs

Clay and concrete tile roofs are popular because of their appearance and their ability to stand up to high winds — something that’s a must in the Midwest. These types of roofs can also last upwards of 50 years if they are cared for properly. If you want to put in a little extra money and can stay off your roof (stepping on the tiles can damage them), this might be a good option for your home.

Flat Roof

Flat roofs are popular in many commercial structures in the Midwest. They’re made of several layers of tar and asphalt and help support flat surfaces. Though they can get sticky under direct sunlight and water can pool on them, they usually last around 20 to 25 years if snow is removed from them after large storms.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs look unique and are affordable, but they can be a nuisance in the Midwest where wind, hail, and heavy rains are common. However, if you can deal with the noise, you’ll benefit from a roof that can last up to 60 years and can be customized to match the style of your home.

Wood Shake Roof

Wood shake roofs can last from 20 to 40 years and have a beauitiful appearance. They even age well, starting out with a typical wood look, then aging into a silvery grey. The density, thickness, and natural insulation of wood are also pluses. However, wood shake roofs can be damaged in the high winds that are common in the Midwest and they are quite a bit pricier than their asphalt shingle counterparts. Insurance companies may also be reluctant to insure a home that has a wood shake roof.

Stone Roof

Stone-coated roofs, which are made up of steel shingles that are coated with stone, aren’t common in the Midwest due to their high price. They’re incredibly durable, though, and many come with a warranty for as long as the house they are put on lasts. If you plan to stay in your home for many years and really want to invest in a unique and long-lasting roof, you might want to consider one of these.

Green Roof

Have you ever seen a roof that’s covered with plants? They aren’t very common in the Midwest and, when you do see them, they are likely on commercial buildings rather than on homes. A green roof includes a system of insulation, waterproofing, soil, etc. that takes a lot of work and effort to maintain. If you really want to take your environmental efforts to the next level, you might have fun researching these —  but they aren’t usually a good option for the Midwest where seasonality is a big factor.

Considering what your next roofing project will look like? Knowing the different options and the pros and cons of each will help you narrow down your choices and choose the best roof for your home or office. Want more information on choosing the best roof? Contact the experts at Hometown. We’d love to talk to you about your choices!