What Is The Longest Lasting Roof

Roof replacement or installation can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects any homeowner can undertake. While it’s important to take into account the cost of the roofing materials themselves, it’s also crucial to look into the roof’s lifetime value. Simply put, you wouldn’t want to settle for something cheap that needs to be replaced every 10 years. In fact, buying something cheap but not durable can translate to more costs down the line as repairs and replacements will be more frequent. 

Thus, when looking at roof types, it also pays to check how long they’re expected to last. Here’s a quick summary of the expected lifespan of some roofing materials: 

  • Asphalt Shingles: 20 to 50 years
  • Wood Shingles: 20 years
  • Metal: 40 to 80 years
  • Clay, Concrete, and Slate: 60 to 150 years

Based on this, it’s easy to see that metal, clay or concrete, and slate roofs are the most durable roofing materials even over common types like asphalt shingles and wood shingles. 


In the past, metal roofing consisted of simple corrugated panels that didn’t look very appealing. However, thanks to advancements in technology, metal installations can fit almost any architectural style. The metal material comes in steel, aluminum, or copper, while galvanized steel is used for homes in hurricane-prone areas to extend the life of the roof. 

Depending on the type of metal used and how the it was installed, metal roofs can last for a long time, as much as 80 years in fact. Maintenance and regional climate conditions also play a part in lengthening your metal roof’s lifespan. 

Clay Tile Roof

Clay tile or concrete tiles have been around for centuries. They come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors. Because of many improvements that have happened over the years, clay and concrete tiles have been reformulated, so they can be lighter, tougher, and virtually indestructible. Most clay or concrete tiles are expected to last a minimum of 50 years life expectancy with proper care and regular maintenance.

Additionally, clay and concrete tiles are not only aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also very safe as they’re resistant to a lot of elements such as fire, insects, decay, winds, hail, and other severe weather conditions. 

Since clay or concrete tiles are installed in individual overlapping layers, they need a sturdy roofing frame to adequately support their weight. 


Last but not least among the long lasting roof types, slate or a stone can last for well over one hundred years as it is extremely durable. Since it’s a form of stone hewn from mined rocks, slate can withstand deterioration, corrosion, fire, insects and pests, rot, and even water or sun damage. Thus, it stands to reason that slate is also one of the most expensive among common roofing materials. 

Aside from being durable, slate is also aesthetically pleasing, which is why it is mostly used on large, luxurious homes. Because it tends to split into flat slabs, slate is best installed by trained craftsmen. 

Don’t Scrimp on Durability

When it comes to durable roofing materials, slate is king. However, not all homeowners can afford to install a slate roof. What’s important, though, is to make sure that whatever roofing option you choose, you’re not scrimping on durability. You don’t have to buy the most expensive roofing material, but do make an effort to check if the roofing type you choose won’t have to be replaced frequently. 


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