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Roofing 101: How Long Should A Roof Last?

June 28, 2016
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One of the most commonly asked questions by most homeowners is about the lifespan of their roofing system.

To put it simply, homeowners have a variety of roofing systems to choose from. Of these, asphalt shingle, flat, clay tile and slate stone are the most popular choices. Each of these has its own pros and cons, and requires regular maintenance.


Asphalt shingles is the most widely used roofing material today. It is durable, inexpensive and easy to install. As asphalt shingle is available in a variety of textures and shapes, choose the one that best suits your needs.

Many believe that it’s a low quality material due to its low cost. However, this is not the case. A high quality asphalt shingle roof can last for 25 to 30 years or more. That being said, you will have to maintain it to prolong its life. Fortunately, an asphalt roof is easy to maintain. You just need to inspect and clean it frequency.

Clay tile

Clay tile roof is durable, robust and long-lasting. In fact, you can expect it to last for 50 years (or more).

Clay tile is available in several colors, styles and sizes. As a rule, invest in one that enhances the curb appeal of your home.

At the same time, be sure to choose premium quality tiles. You will find different brands available. Not all of them ensure quality and durability. A superior quality clay tile roof can last for years, without having to spend much on its maintenance.

If you live in a cold environment, you should conduct a thorough research on the type of clay tiles you’re buying. Always opt for reliable and renowned manufacturers.


Aesthetically appealing, yet practical, slate is a great roofing material. It is also economical, fireproof and waterproof.

Slate shingles are available in an array of colors, sizes and textures. You can even get custom made slate shingles for your individual taste and needs.

A superior quality slate roof can last for a good 100 years. However, its performance and longevity depends on regular maintenance.


Due to its horizontal shape, a flat roof saves space and enables easy drainage of rainwater from the roof. Ideal for smaller structures, flat is an affordable and effective roofing system.

The best type of flat roof can last for 25 years. Once again, it has to be properly installed and maintained. Flat roof offers a clean appearance that is perfect for traditional homes.

Regardless of the roofing system, inspection and maintenance is imperative to extending its life. Contact us for roof repair, replacement and maintenance in New York. We also offer gutter replacement across New York City. CALL: (646)-838-0441 Today!

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