When you’re replacing your roof, you want to get the best value out of the money you put into it. Roofing is rarely a glamorous project—much less exciting than something like a kitchen remodel—so many homeowners prefer to invest in materials that will last them a lifetime; frequent roof repairs are every homeowner’s worst nightmare!
There are countless options for roofing materials. A thatched roof may look great on your poolside cabana but it can’t compare to the longevity of asphalt or metal options. If you want to get the longest possible life out of your roof, consider any of these great materials.
Rubber Roofing or EPDM Roofing for Flat Roofs
Ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EDPM) is a common type of rubber used on roofs. This material is durable and does a great job of keeping water out but cannot be used on classic pitched roofs or gable roofs. If you have a flat roof or gentle slopes then this is the perfect option. EPDM roofs typically last from somewhere around 20 to 35 years.
Asphalt Roof Shingles
The most popular material for roofs is asphalt and for good reason; it’s affordable, easy to install, and lasts around 15 to 20 years depending on the quality of installation and exact materials. Asphalt architectural shingles can last up to 30 years!
Metal roofs are recognized as one of the most durable materials available on the market. They do have the potential to become dented during particularly intense weather but that aside, they’re incredibly low maintenance and can last for up to 50 years.
Clay and Concrete Roof Tiles
If you want a roof that will outlive not only you but also the next generation, then nothing can compare to clay or concrete roof tiles. While this roofing material tends to be very expensive, it has the longest lifespan and can be expected to last for over 100 years. Clay tiles in particular are very heavy so homes without the proper support structures may not be able to handle this nearly indestructible roofing material.
How to Maintain Your Roof to Maximize its Lifespan
You can extend the life of any type of roof with regular maintenance and basic care. Avoid walking on your roof as much as possible and try to keep moss and debris off of it. If you spot any damage, get it repaired as soon as possible.
Attempts to DIY roof repair can actually cause more damage so instead of taking that risk, give Oaks Construction a call. We’re fully licensed, insured, and with our 20 years of experience, we would be happy to help with all your roofing installation and repairs.