Roofing FAQ

What is the Lifespan of a Roof?

Roof Lifespans

This is a great question as you invest in a new roof for your home. You want to know how long your investment will last in terms of roof lifespan. The lifespan tends to depend on the types of materials used for your roof. A standard asphalt roof will tend to last about 25 years; however, around the 20 year mark is when you should start considering roof replacements. Premature roof failure is another reason to look into roof replacement. Improper roof installation and inadequate attic ventilation are two reasons your roof could fail prematurely. Finally, weather damage is another reason to have your roof replaced. If you live in a heavy weather area, your home might need more replacing than the average roof lifespan. Below you can find the different kinds of roofing materials and their average lifespans. You can always schedule a consultation with Phoenix Exteriors to determine what would work best for your home!

Lifetime Varys by Roof Type

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Metal is one of the most sustainable and durable options for a roof. They can last anywhere from 40-70 years and warranties range from 20 year to lifetime. Metal roofs are also the most sustainable as they can be recycled at the end of their life cycle too. Feel free to ask about a metal roof during your consultation.


Wood roof are usually about aesthetics. They last about 30 years and require regular maintenance. This includes yearly cleanings and repainting or staining every 5 years. It is often a popular option for coastal homes as they are very wind resistant up to 245 mph winds.


Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material. The Malarkey Roofing shingles we use for our installations are also the most durable and sustainable shingles on the market. We pride ourselves on being sustainable and Malarkey Roofing shingles align with that vision. Different shingles offer different warranties and during your consultation, we can provide you with detailed information about the warranties.

Clay tile

Clay tiles are the second most durable material for roofs. They can last up to 50 to 100 years with warranties ranging from 30 years to lifetime. They are also weather, rot, and fire resistant; however, they need to be regularly cleaned or else moss, algae, and mold can accumulate. Moss is the most dangerous to clay tiles since the roots can penetrate the tiles and cause leaks in the roof. Additionally, they do not do well in colder climates so this option is more for dryer and warmer environments.

Slate Tile

Slate Tiles rank as the most durable tiles on the market as they last between 75-200 years. The warranties range from 50 years to lifetime as well. They can withstand the most extreme weather conditions, high winds, or changing temperatures. Additionally, little maintenance is required as slate tiles retain almost no moisture. However, they are extremely heavy so during inspection make sure your roofing system can maintain the weight.

We can help you get the roof you need

Phoenix Exteriors has over 20 years of experience in the roofing industry so we are prepared for any project that comes to us! We have the best materials and the most seasoned professionals you can expect to provide a roof for your home. Contact us today for a free estimate.

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