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A Definitive Guide to Roofing Material Life Spans

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015 by Scott Siegal


Artwork of a man beside a speech bubble; inside of it is a shingle roof.

Expert roofing contractors in Washington DC like us are bound to tell you, different roofing materials will appeal to different people depending on what they need. It’s a far different thing when you’re going for aesthetics as when you’re going for longevity.

To help you choose the best material that meets your need, we took the time to list down the top five roofing materials we offer based on how long they’re designed to last. If durability is your thing, this is the info you need to know:

1. Metal

This type of roofing material is rated to last anywhere between 20 to 50 years. Strangely, where it falls in the range depends on the quality of installation and maintenance. Many people go for metal because of its durability, but it’s also a matter of personal preference. For instance, some don’t like hearing the sound of rain on their roofs, which can be louder when yours is made of metal.

2. Wood Shake

Good quality wood shake shingles, such as those made of Cedar, may last between 35 to 40 years. Cedar contains natural oils that resist decay longer than other wood types. The longevity comes at a bit of a cost as they require constant maintenance and looking over to make sure they last.

3. Clay

Many people shy away from using clay, as they perceive it to be a weak material. A lot do not realize that it is environmentally friendly;it comes in a multitude of colors and styles; and is highly durable. It can last longer than other roofing materials with minimal maintenance. Properly installed clay can even withstand nasty weather.

4. Tile

Tiles aren’t just extremely durable; they’re also very versatile—coming in a wide range of shapes and sizes. Regardless of your tastes, there’s bound to be a style that complements your home. It’s relatively affordable too.

5. Slate

Coming in different colors, shapes, and sizes, there’s a slate roofing option for everyone. It is one of the most durable roofing materials on the market and can withstand extreme weather conditions. It also requires less maintenance and repair than other materials, so makes for a great investment overall. How long does it last? It can outlast other roofing materials with a service life expectancy of about 75 years to 100 years.

Whether its maintenance, installation, or roof repair in DC, we at Maggio Roofing understand your needs. Our team of professionals is always ready to meet your every need. We also carry some of the best brands in the business. So reach out to us, fill out our easy-to-use contact form, and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate.

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6476 Sligo Mill Road
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