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How Long a Roof Should Last

When you have a new roof installed on your home, you want it to last for a long time. New roofs are one of the most expensive investments that you can make in your home, and the longer the roof lasts, the better. The trick to making the roof last longer is to buy the right roof for your home. There are many different types of roofing material and each has a different life span. Use the guide below to help you choose wisely.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are, by far, the most common type of roofing material in the United States. They are relatively easy to install and work with. They come in a variety of colors to match just about any home's look and are relatively inexpensive compared to some of the other roofing materials available. Asphalt shingles come in varying grades and can last anywhere from ten to 30 years depending on the material used. If you do not plan to live in your home forever, or can stomach the thought of another roof replacement in another couple of decades, asphalt shingles may be the most economical and practical choice for you.

Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are very different than their angled counterparts. Many flat roofs have an underlayment that consists of a foam covering. Atop that is a sealant covering that needs to be maintained every year. Whether it is simply sweeping off leaves and debris to make sure that the surface is free of pocks and holes, or re-coating the roof to make it last longer, flat roofs require more maintenance and time. In many cases, flat roofs have a life span of about ten to 20 years. During that time they need to be re-coated at least once to ensure that they remain in good condition.

Metal Roofs

There are many different types of metal roofing systems available for higher end homes. Copper and stainless steel are just two types of metal that are frequently used. With the proper installation and care, a metal roof can last up to 100 years and provide solid, consistent protection from the elements. The only drawback to such a roof is the price tag. It is much more expensive to install a copper roof than it is to install an asphalt shingle roof.

Natural Materials

Natural materials, such as grasses and wooden shingles, have varying life spans as roofing material. A home that is semi-submerged beneath the ground and that sports a grass roof, will have a better chance of the roof lasting longer than an apartment building in a large city that tries to copy the style. Likewise, wooden shingles may last longer in drier climates than they do in more humid and wet climates. Natural materials may seem like an environmentally friendly choice, but when the roof fails the cost to replace or repair it can be significant.
Regardless of the type of roof chosen, installation and the elements play a large role in how a roof holds up over time. Talk with your roofing contractor to determine which material is going to work best for your home and your budget.
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6352 E Fulton St
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5700 S Sheldon Rd
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61 L Main St,Hebron, CT 06248
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80 Central Ave.
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Elstree Road
Bushey Heath, NJ 07016
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Pearl, MS 39208
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210 Sheridan St.
Longview, IL 61852
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77 Pension Road
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2525 W. Arkansas Ln
Arlington, TX 76010
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87 Main Street
Monroe, IL 06468
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260 E Crossville Rd, Roswell, GA 30075, US
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Dublin, OH 43017
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Calgary, AL T2E 4R3
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Mandeville, LA 70471
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Chicago, IL 60646
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Brentwood, MO 63144
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Glastonbury, CT 06033
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Salt Lake City, UT 84101
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Denver, CO 80210
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Thornton, CO 80241
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Southfields, NY 10975
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11316 36th St E
Edgewood, WA 98372
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Dallas, TX 75234
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2435 22 St NE
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Calgary, AL AB T2E 8K8
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13119 Foster Ct
Carmel , MN 46033
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2518 1st St.
Rosenberg, TX 77471
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1991 Glenns Bay Rd #200
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Allstate Roofing
2264 Fair Oaks Blvd Suite 204
Sacramento, CA 95825
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200 Hale St
Charleston, WV 25301
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St. Louis, MO 63146
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157 Robin Hood Rd
Clifton, NJ 07013
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3412 Langley Cir
Plano, TX 75024
The Roof Maker Inc
38 Mercer Street
Bolivia, NC 28422
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8404 Sterling St #1
Irving, TX 75063
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3040 Finley Rd #200
Downers Grove, IL 60515
Pacific Exteriors LLC
14724 Bothell Way NE,Seattle, WA 98155
Seattle, WA, WA 98155
Hustad Companies Inc
3236 County Hwy N
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Leaf Gutter Guards - St Louis
1703 Delmar Blvd
St Louis, MO 40202
Colorado Roof Toppers
131 Hunters Cove Rd
Mead, CO 80542
Infinity Home Improvement Inc
852 47th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
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2025 Borland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
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2692 Madison Rd
STE N1-315
Cincinnati, OH 45208
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155 E Boardwalk Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525
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3601 S I-35 Service Rd,Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
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3917 Broadway Ave
Fort Worth , TX 76117
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9307 Monroe Rd
Suite O
Charlotte, NC 28270
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10416 Chandler Cir
La Vista, NE 68128
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11368 Dorsett Rd
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
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29 Tannery Rd
Dillsburg, PA 17019
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5357 Broadview Rd. Unit B
Parma, OH 44134
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11711 N Pennsylvania St #105
Carmel, IN 46032
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2 Klarides Village Drive
Seymour, CT 06483
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121 South Walnut Street
Westfield, IN 46074
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5648 Eula Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45248
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1707 N West St.
Lima, OH 45801
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9909 Mainsail Dr
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
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237 46th street
Brooklyn, NY 11220
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Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
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219 Naubuc Ave
East Hartford, CT 06118
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103 West 4th St.
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