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El Dorado Hills: What Roofing Material Last the Longest?

Take a look at the following 8 Roofs and see which roof type could be the best for your home. We will also take a look at the 8 different lifespans of each roofing type.

All roofing materials serve a purpose







So you have decided it’s time for a new roof, whatever the reason may be. The following questions need to be answered.

  1. Decide on the material you want and make sure that it’s available.
  2. Once you have confirmation that the material is available you will also need to make sure the color and style is not available, but you choose the material that
  3. Is the material you want available in the color and style that complement your home?
  4. Will there be special installation or maintenance issues to consider?
  5. What is the lifespan, costs, and is there a warranty for the type of roof you want? 
  6. Depending on the weather conditions in your area, you need to know which type of roofing material is best for your area.

Built-Up Roofing: This is one of the oldest roofing types and is typically used for flat or low pitched roofs. This type of roofing usually consists of several layers of roofing felt (tar paper) combined with asphalt and applied hot. This roof has alternating layers of roofing felt and asphalt with a top layer of aggregate, which usually will be stone or gravel. This type of roofing should last about 20-30 years.

Asphalt Composite Shingle: Let’s start with the most common roofing material in the U.S.A. I am sure as you drive around in your neighborhood you will see the majority of the houses have asphalt shingles and for good reason. Asphalt shingles that have become damaged are easy to change out and will save you money if the whole roof does not need to be replaced. This makes this type of roofing convenient and typically is one of the more cost effective roofing materials. Depending on the type, installer, and manufacturer the typical lifespan of an asphalt shingles is 12-30 years. 

Membrane Roof: This type of roof is commonly known as a rubber roof and is typically used on flat or very low-pitched roofs. There are options for the type of membrane roof and they include: PVC (polyvinyl chloride), Chlorinated polyethylene, polymer-modified bitumens, chlorosulfonated polyethylene sheets, and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). A typical lifespan for a membrane roof is about 20-35 years.

Standing Seam Metal Roofing: Out of the varied types of metal roofing this is the most commonly used. The material used for the roofing panels is made up of either aluminum or steel. The areas where there are raised seams allow for interlocking of the panels and therefore keeps moisture out. This type of roofing usually requires a roofer with a good amount of experience and knowledge. The standing seam metal roof is well known for its longevity and typically has a lifespan of 30-50 years. 

Metal Shingles/shakes: You may like the benefits that come along with using metal as your roofing, but maybe, you like the aesthetics of shingles, shakes, or tiles. Depending on the metal roofing manufacturer you may have more options in the style than you thought possible. The typical lifespan of these metal materials is about 30-50 years.  

Wood Shingles/shakes: If you live in a moist area or wildfires are common, choosing wood shingle or wood shakes is probably not the best choice for your roof. This type of roofing is also pretty expensive, so keep this in mind. The wood shakes are typically thin whereas the wood shakes are thicker wedges with a rougher texture. Depending on your climate the wood shakes/shingles could last to 60 years or if there is more moisture in your area 20 years is common for its lifespan. 

Clay and Concrete Tiles: Like slate roofs, the clay and concrete tiles are expensive and typically require additional framing. If you go with concrete tiles they are usually less expensive than the genuine clay tiles. Whichever tile you choose they will likely be more expensive than asphalt shingles, but should have a longer lifespan which is typically 40-50 years. 

Slate: This type of roofing material lasts very long and is also the most expensive material. Typically slate roofs can be seen on large elegant and elaborate houses. Slate roofs are heavy and typically require extra framing to hold the weight of the roof. On the far end of the lifespan spectrum some slate roofs can last up to 150 years, but typically in the range of 50-100 years you should expect for a slate roof.

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