Which Roof Materials Will Last the Longest?

Choosing the right material for your roof involves finding the right balance of appearance, cost and durability. Here are the approximate lifespans for the most popular roof materials.

Asphalt or Fiberglass Shingles

Lifespan: 15 to 50 years

The main advantage of asphalt shingles is their low cost and ease of installation. The longevity of shingles will vary widely depending on the quality of the materials used. Premium composite shingles from Owens Corning, GAF have the best warranties and will offer the best performance over the long run.

Wood Shingle Roof

Lifespan: 25 years

Being an organic material, wood shingles are beautiful, yet more susceptible to damage and decay. Damaged wood shingles must be replaced promptly and moss should be removed to prevent premature decay.

Metal Roofs

Lifespan: 30 to 50 years

Standing seam metal roofs are a popular choice in the Colorado mountain environment. They offer superior protection from ice, high winds and fire. Metal roofs should be inspected regularly for popped fasteners, loose panels and bends.

Steel Roofing Shingles

Lifespan: 50 years

With styles like slate, wood, and tile, and a full array of colors including a Cool Color selection, METALWORKS® Steel Shingles are the ideal choice for a wide range of residential and commercial applications. All MetalWorks shingles feature a 50-year Limited Warranty.