In the circle of life, everything must eventually come to an end. Sadly, your home’s roof is no exception. If you've recently had a roof installed or are looking to get your roof replaced, you're probably wondering how long it will last. The answer to that question isn’t simple. A roof’s average lifespan depends on the material used and your house's location. Eager to learn how long it will be before your roof kicks the bucket? Continue reading to find out!

Asphalt Shingles 

Due to their affordability and versatility, asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material. Asphalt shingles comprise various components, including organic materials and cement fibers. This allows them to have a layer of protection from UV rays and harsh weather making them durable and suitable for many environmental conditions. The average lifespan for roofs of this type is about 20 years.


Metal roofs can be made from various metals, including zinc, steel, and aluminum. They are water-resistant and able to protect homes from heavy snow and rain. Plus, they can benefit your electricity bill! Typically metal roofs can last around 50-60 years. This can vary depending on the quality and thickness of the metal used. The thicker the metal, the longer the lifespan of the roof.


Slate roofs are highly durable because they are made from rock. Slate roofs can withstand fire, rain, and the harshest of winds. They are also impervious to insects and rot, unlike other roofing materials. All of this makes for an outstanding lifespan of up to 100+ years.


Wood roofs can be made from various wood types, so the length of a wood roof’s lifespan depends on what it’s made of. Cedar is considered one of the most reliable and durable wood materials because it is insect and rot-resistant, unlike other wood choices. A roof made from cedar can typically last up to 30 years with proper annual maintenance.


There are numerous tile roofs, concrete and clay being the most common. A roof’s life expectancy can vary depending on which type is installed. Clay is the most durable option, with a lifespan of up to 100 years, while concrete typically lasts up to 50 years. 

Are you looking to replace your roof? Give us a call!

If your roof has reached the end of its life expectancy, it’s time for you to think of getting a replacement. Our experts at XL Contracting are experienced and ready to help you get the roof of your dreams. Schedule a FREE inspection with us today!