A roof replacement isn't going to be cheap. No matter what type of roof you want, you're going to have to invest quite a bit of money into it. 

Because you're spending your hard earned money on a new roof, you're expecting to get the most out of it. But how many years will you actually get out of your roof investment? 

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing takes pride in providing high-quality roof replacements, but we take more pride in giving you the roofing knowledge you need. That's why we're going to tell you how many years of peace of mind you get out of a new roof.  

By the end of this article, you'll learn how much life you’ll get out of your roof investment and 3 factors that affect the lifespan. And stick around until the very end to learn how much your new roof will cost. 

How long will your new roof last?

The lifespan of your roof investment is how many years you get out of it. As long as your new roof is installed properly and your attic has adequate ventilation, it’s going to get as close as possible to its maximum lifespan. 

But how many years will you get out of your new roof? That all depends on the type of material you choose for your roof replacement. Below are 3 common roof types and how long they should last. 

How long does an asphalt roof last?

Your asphalt roof is more than just the shingles you see from the street. An asphalt shingle roof is a roof system made primarily out of asphalt shingles and other asphalt roofing components.

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There are three types of asphalt shingles: 3-tab, dimensional, and luxury. 

All three have different lifespans specified by the manufacturer of the asphalt shingles. 3-tab shingles have a lifespan of 25 years and live the shortest of the three types. 

Dimensional and luxury shingles both have a lifespan of 30 years, but the luxury style has the possibility to go over 30 years and up to 50 under the right conditions. The lifespan of the asphalt shingles is just one thing you need to know when deciding which one to choose for your new roof. 

To help you find the right shingle for your roof replacement, read this article on which asphalt shingle is right for you

How long does a standing seam metal roof last?

A standing seam metal roof system is a series of panels that are locked together at the seams or seamed mechanically.

how long does a standing seam metal roof last

This allows for panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up and cools down. Your new standing seam metal roof comes with a 30-year paint warranty on the Kynar 500 finish (painted finish that protects the metal from the elements).

Even though the paint has a 30-year warranty, it doesn’t mean it’s going to disappear after 30 years. As long as it’s properly installed and your attic is adequately ventilated, there’s no reason you shouldn’t get at least 30 years out of your standing seam metal roof.

Under the ideal conditions, a standing seam metal roof could live for 50 years.

How long does a cedar shake roof last?

A cedar shake roof is a premium roof system made of natural wood (cedar) materials. 

how long does a cedar shake roof last

As long as it’s properly installed and with proper maintenance, you can expect to get 30 years of life out of your cedar shake roof. If you invest in quality materials and live in an area with the right conditions, you could possibly get up to 50 years out of it.

Be aware, cedar shake shingles are naturally made, so there’s no manufacturer warranty on the materials if they fail prematurely. This leaves you with only your roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty to rely on if there’s ever a problem with your cedar shake roof.

3 factors that affect the life of your new roof 

Now that you know how long your new roof will last and the lifespans of 3 common types of roofs, you need to know what affects those lifespans. Continue reading to learn 3 factors that affect the life of your new roof. 

1. Investing in quality roofing materials

I understand everyone is on a budget, and a low price may drive your decisions. However, it’s crucial to the life of your new roof that you choose quality materials and labor instead of going with the cheapest options available. 

If you decide to go with the cheapest roof, you’re getting the cheapest roofing materials with the cheapest labor to install them. When you pay for this cheap labor and materials, it shows in the finished quality of your roof, which will cost you more money in the long run with repairs and, eventually, a full roof replacement.

To learn more about how investing in quality is important to you and your roof’s life, read this article on 3 ways “cheap” roofs cost more in the long run.

2. The weather and climate in your area 

Every roof goes through wear and tear from the weather throughout its life. The amount of extreme weather in your area determines how fast the wear and tear affects your new roof. 

For an asphalt roof, if you live in an area that gets a lot of small hail, then your shingles will have granular loss a lot quicker. For a standing seam metal roof, if you live in an area that gets snow and a lot of hail, the integrity and finish on your metal roof panels will weaken quicker.

Another thing that affects the lifespan of your new roof is the climate of your area. For example, a very moist or dry climate will shorten the life of your cedar shake shingles. 

There’s nothing you can do about the weather or the climate in your area. But keep in mind they both have a major influence on the life of your new roof. 

3. Getting roof maintenance 

No matter what kind of roof you have or how old it is, you need to have it maintained. Whether it’s once or twice a year, regular roof maintenance is crucial to the life of your new roof. 

It will catch any problems with your roof and prevent future leaks before they can cause damage to your home. It’s also a chance to clear your roof and gutters of any debris. 

Wet debris sitting on your roof will shorten its lifespan. Because of this, it’s absolutely crucial to keep your roof running smoothly throughout its life with roof maintenance. 

To learn more about why roof maintenance is crucial to every roof, read this article on why regular roof maintenance is important.

How much does a new roof cost?

You just learned how long your new roof will last. Remember, the number of years you’ll get out of your roof investment depends on the type of roof you get. 

But how much will you actually have to invest in your new roof? That's a question most roofing companies avoid putting out there for homeowners to find. 

We aren't like other roofing companies though. That's why we're going to break down the cost of a new roof. 

The team at Bill Ragan has provided high-quality roofing services to the residents in Nashville since 1990. Our workmanship and attention to detail ensures you get the most life out of your new roof. That’s why we’re proud to offer you a lifetime warranty. 

Check out How Much Does a New Roof Cost? (Asphalt, Metal, & Cedar Shake) to learn the budget you'll need for the type of roof you want. 

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