The Lifespan of Florida Roofs
A typical roofing system has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. But of course, there are many factors such as the type of roof, the installation, the upkeep and the climate which play a major factor in this.
There are a variety of different roofing material options. Each have their own life expectancy “norms” so to speak. We’re not roofing experts, but to help you better understand the types of roofing materials, we leaned on local experts at Keller Roofing to bring you the following information.
Average Lifespan Of Roofing Material
- Composition Shingles: 20 years - Extreme weather conditions could shorten it to 15.
- Wood (Shake) Shingles: 30 years for a cedar roof. Proximity to saltwater can significantly shorten this lifespan.
- Metal: 50 years for metal roofs. Varies depending on the metal selected. Aluminum, copper and steel are popular metals for roofing.
- Concrete Tiles: 50 years. Pending proper care and climate conditions.
- Clay Tiles: 100 years. Pending proper care and climate conditions.
- Slate Tiles: 150 years! Being less porous than clay tiles, a slate roof can last even longer.
Extending the Lifespan of your Florida Roof
- Clean those gutters! This can help prevent blockage and water damage to the boards.
- Use a garden hose or leaf blower to remove leaves and debris from the roof. Note: avoid pressure washing because it can remove your protective coating.
- Ventilate the attic to allow humid air to escape, and prevent the growth of mold.
- Annual roof inspections are a good idea, especially before hurricane season and/or after a major storm. Professional roofers can help catch smaller problems during an inspection and address them before they escalate into more serious issues.
Connect With The Experts
We strongly suggest you connect with a local roofing company before and after you purchase your home in order to get on a regular inspection and maintenance schedule.
If you need suggestions on who to call, just ask our office! Email [email protected] or call 239-472-1950. We’re always happy to help.