Wondering what roofing material you should invest in if you want your roof to last a lifetime – or longer? In this blog from NSW Slate Roofing, we’ll be taking a look at some of the most common types of roof installations and materials, and we’ll discuss which ones are the most durable roofing options for customers in New South Wales who may be looking for a new roof.
Asphalt Shingle Roofing (15 Years)
Depending on the shingles you use and their quality, asphalt shingle roofing can last between 15 years and 30 years. So while it may be cheap and cost-effective, an asphalt shingle roof is not a great option if you want a very long-lasting roof installation.
Wood Shake & Shingle Roofing (20-40 Years)
Wood shake and shingle roofing can be used to accent a wide variety of architectural styles, and is great for rustic buildings like cabin-style homes. The lifespan of wood shakes and shingles is also surprisingly good, lasting up to 40 years or longer in some cases.
However, wood shakes and shingles lack fire resistance, and are not ideal for areas of New South Wales that are prone to bushfires. They also require a lot of maintenance and cleaning to maximize their lifespan.
Metal Roofing (40-70 Years)
Metal roofing like standing seam roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials in Australia, thanks to its long lifespan, ability to easily accommodate solar panels, and low maintenance. The energy efficiency of metal roofs is also particularly good in the summer, since they reflect a lot of light, and have great fire resistance.
It’s also very durable and long-lasting, with an expected lifespan of 40-70 years or longer, depending on the metal used and the quality of the roof installation.
Concrete Tile Roofing (50 Years)
Concrete tile roofing is made of a blend of concrete and cellulose fibres that are pressed into a shingle or tile shape. This artificial tile is available in a huge variety of colours and styles, and is very affordable compared to natural tiles like clay and slate tiles.
It has a long lifespan, too. Concrete tiles typically last up to 50 years, and require very little maintenance and special care.
Clay Roofing (50-100 Years)
Clay tiles are among the most durable roofing materials on the market today. They usually last 50 years at a minimum, but can easily last up to 100 years with proper care. Clay tiles roofs are extremely energy-efficient since they are very dense and heavy, and they are completely impermeable to water.
The unique style of clay roofing also makes it quite popular among homeowners in New South Wales. However, clay is quite heavy, and natural terra cotta clay roofing is quite expensive.
Slate Roofing (75-100+ Years)
When it comes to durability and longevity, it’s impossible to beat natural slate tiles. Tile roofs made with slate tile usually last 75-100 years at a minimum, and it’s possible for slate tiles to last up to 200 years with proper installation, care, and maintenance.
If you want to make a long-term investment in your property, add a unique style to your roof, and enhance the curb appeal of your property, slate roofing is a great choice. Whether you’re redoing your home and need a new roof or are renovating a commercial property, slate roofing will provide the longest-lasting results.
Interested In A Slate Roof? Get In Touch With NSW Slate Roofing Today!
At NSW Slate Roofing, our master slaters have decades of combined experience installing slate roofs in New South Wales. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of a slate roof, don’t wait. Contact us online or give us a ring at 1300 050 924 to get started.