What Roofing Material Lasts the Longest?
There are many different factors that affect the lifespan of a home’s roof, including installation method, exposure to the elements and whether the roof’s maintenance needs are regularly addressed. However, two of the most important influences on roof longevity are material and manufacturer.
Certain roofing materials last longer than others. But, just because a roofing material offers an exceptionally long lifespan, doesn’t necessarily make it the best choice for your home.
For example, metal roofing can last up to 50 years, but this above-average lifespan comes with many drawbacks, including costly upkeep, limited design options, and poor energy efficiency. Plus, metal roofing is one of the most expensive options on the market.
Other types of roofing, such as fiberglass shingles, will last for an average of 20-30 years, and can exceed this expectation if upkeep requirements are met. Fiberglass roofing is also a cost-effective choice that can help you save in the long run because it is:
- Energy efficient, which can help lower your energy costs
- Available in many colors and styles, helping to boost your home’s curb appeal and potentially its resale value
- Easy to maintain, allowing you to save on upkeep and repairs
It’s also important to choose roofing that is manufactured by a reputable company. Even the longest-lasting materials can be rendered ineffective should the roofing be poorly engineered. Because of this, you’ll want to select a roofing contractor that installs products from a respected manufacturer.
While metal may be the longest lasting roofing material, fiberglass roofing is often a better choice for homeowners in Seattle, as this option offers many other benefits in addition to longevity. If you’d like to learn more about fiberglass roofing, contact Harley Exteriors. We are a family-owned roofing contractor that is partnered with industry-leading manufacturer CertainTeed and can help you get the best value for your investment in replacement roofing.