Battle Of Durability: Comparing 3 Types Of Roofing In Terms Of How Long They Last

Cedar shingles, asphalt shingles, slate, copper, rubber roofing membrane, galvanized steel—there are plenty of roofing materials on the market. How do you choose one over the other? Choosing the roofing materials that is the most cost effective is a wise way to go, but instead of focusing on installation costs, a homeowner should focus on costs over the life of the roof. Comparing roofs in terms of how long they last is a good indicator of how much you will spend replacing and/or repairing your roof. By comparing asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, and metal roofing, you get an idea of which roof is best in terms of overall cost. 

Asphalt Shingles

Probably the most popular roofing material on the market, asphalt shingles are also the least durable. The main reason that asphalt roofing is so popular is because it is cheaper than other materials. For your money, you get a fairly durable roof, which should last for between 15-20 years. That being said, asphalt shingles are susceptible to fire, hail, UV damage, and wind-stripping. All it takes is one freak hail storm to inflict irreparable damage on your roof, and a brand-new asphalt roof is just as likely to be damaged as a twenty-year-old roof. 

Cedar Shingles

Uniquely beautiful, cedar shingles are a great choice if you are trying to create a rustic or country look for your home. The wood grain and the way cedar ages will create a roof that stands out above the sea of asphalt-shingle roofs. Cedar shingles will last for up to 60 years in roofing applications, but they can last longer as a siding material. The durability of a cedar shingle depends on how thick the shingles are. Thin shingles are susceptible to hail damage and may even crack as you walk on your roof. Furthermore, cedar shingles are susceptible to damage from moss, insects, and fire. When you clad your home with cedar shingles, you get a durable roof, but it is by no means maintenance free. You should, at the least, treat your roof from time to time to protect it from moss and insects. 

Metal Roofing

Lasting for 60 years or more, galvanized steel roofing is one of the longest-lasting commonly available roofing materials on the market. Furthermore, metal roofs are not susceptible to fire, insects, or mold. While hail may dent metal roofing, it should not puncture it. Because metal roofing is installed with heavy-duty screws, wind should not be able to strip it from your roof. Thus, in terms of durability, metal roofing is one of the best values on the market. 

If you choose to focus on installation costs, asphalt shingles are the cheapest material on the market, but when you consider that you will have to replace your shingles 3-4 times before you have to replace a metal roof even once, you can see how metal is actually the cheaper material. Thus, if your goal is to eliminate future costs, metal roofing is the best choice. 

For professional roofing services, contact a roofer such as Holzer & Jesko Quality Exteriors LLC.