When looking for the right roofing material, lifespan is often one of the major influences in the choice of many homeowners. With so many different roofing materials to choose from, it can be tough to weigh up the pros and cons. In this article, we aim to assist in that process by shedding some light on the lifespan on some popular roofing materials.
What types of roofing material are available?
Asphalt shingles – The most common roofing material today, asphalt shingles are widely used due to their affordability and reliability. While not the longest lasting material, Asphalt is one of the best materials used in roofing that combines value and aesthetic appeal. Asphalt shingles have an average lifespan of around 20 years to 30 years when maintained properly.
- Metal roofing– Metal is another popular roofing material, often desired for its resistance to the weather. Because Australia is known for its very warm summers, many people have opted for a metal roof due to its insulation properties. Metal roofing can last for up to 50 years.
- Terracotta and Concrete Tiles – Tile roofs have a very distinguished look that truly separates them aesthetically from other materials. They are reasonably energy efficient and if maintained properly can last over 50 years.
- Wood Shingles/ wood shake – While wood is not as common of a roofing material as it once was, it still has an amazing look and texture to it that simply can’t be replicated. Environmentally friendly and energy efficient, wood shingles can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years.
- Slate –Slate is simply the longest lasting roofing material out there today. Held in very high regard and is often seen as the gold standard of roofing material, slate roofing can easily out live the roofing contractor who installed it. Lasting anywhere from 100 years up to 150 years, if the roof is installed properly will truly hold its value long into the future
Slate Roofing Benefits
The long lifespan of slate roofing is not the only reason why people choose to have it installed, slate is extremely energy efficient. Due to its density, it keeps the indoors cool by keeping the hot air from entering. It also conversely keeps the house warm through the cooler seasons by trapping the warm air indoors.
Slate is also very fire resistant, due to it essentially being stone, and not needing to be processed much before installation. This quality makes it rather popular with people who live near the bush where there is a potential fire threat.
If you are concerned about the environment, then you will be happy to hear that slate is incredibly friendly to the environment. As it is a naturally occurring substance, the composite elements of slate do not pollute at all.
Durability and low maintenance are also big positive elements of slate roofing. As long as you do not use low quality materials, there is very little maintenance needed to keep your slate roof looking great for many years to come.
Slate Roofing Specialists
If you are looking for a roofing material that will last a lifetime, look no further than slate roofing. NSW Slate Roofing is highly experienced in the installation and roof repair of all types of slate. We take great pride in the quality of the roofing we provide. We also work with a number of other roofing materials and are more than happy to help with any roofing project you may have. If you would like a free quote or a consultation with one of our experts, simply contact us online or give us a call today on 1300 102 908. We look forward to hearing from you.