The longevity of your roof depends largely on the type you choose and the quality of the materials being used. Choosing a roof can be an intimidating task, as there are quite a few options available. Read on to understand the average lifespan of each type of roof and other contributing factors to roof longevity.

Asphalt Shingles

15–30 years

Wood Shingles/Shake

20–30 years

Slate Shingles

50–200 years

DaVinci Synthetic Shake

40–50 years

DaVinci Synthetic Slate

40–50 years

Concrete and Clay Tiles

50–100 years


40–70 years

In addition to the type of roof you choose, other factors that will affect the longevity of your roof include:


Just as materials are important to a long-lasting roof, good installation is vital. A roof that is installed poorly is prone to weather and water damage. The roof will need maintenance more frequently, and ultimately, will not last.


We recommend having your roof professionally inspected twice a year. Additionally, you should get your roof checked out after every major storm. Regular inspections will call attention to maintenance needs, and regular maintenance is important to a long-lasting roof.


Believe it or not, the slope of your roof can affect its longevity. Generally, roofs with steeper slopes have a longer lifespan. Flat roofs are prone to more direct sunlight and standing water, snow, and ice. Prolonged exposure to these conditions shortens the lifespan of your roof.


If your roof is not properly ventilated, various issues will occur and shorten the lifespan of your roof. Poor ventilation causes condensation buildup, mold, ice dams, and trapped heat, which all result in shingle deterioration.


Roofs will have a shorter lifespan on average in climates with extreme temperatures, significant temperature variation, humidity, and severe weather conditions.


Harsh weather conditions including hail, strong winds, snow, and ice will contribute to a decrease in the longevity of your roof.


At Farha, we take the time to explain all of your options thoroughly so you know that you’re making the best choice for your home. Are you ready to replace your roof? Visit https://farharoofing.com/contact/ to contact us for a free inspection.

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