For obvious reasons, roofing durability is a concern for both owners of commercial property and homeowners. It makes perfect sense to want to know how long your roof will last, since the failure of the roof leads to the functions of a structure failing no matter how well it is built. So, it is natural that you would want to know which roofing materials stand up best against the Central Florida climates.
How Long Materials Last
The industry wide estimates of how long different roofing materials last are given below:
Asphalt Roofing shingles last 15 to 20 years
Concrete or clay tiles typically last at least 20 years
Wood shingles are good for 10 to 40 years
Metal Roofing shingles or panels last 15 to 40 years
Slate lasts for 30 to 100 years
Now, you may be wondering why there is such a huge spread in how long different classes of material last. This is because it is impossible to give an estimate that can be applied universally to even one type of roofing material. There are just too many factors that play into a roof’s durability.
Factors that Affect Your Roof’s Lifespan
You already know what our climate does to things if you live in Florida. For example, the tires you may have purchased a few years ago may be shot after 60,000 miles despite being rated to last for 75,000 miles. What you have on your roof is affected by the same heat that makes it so you can fry an egg on our blacktop roads, and the heat is just one factor. You also need to consider how well the roof is guttered, maintained, protected from UV rays, and ventilated. And, of course, the quality of [...]