Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Comparing Roof Lifespans

by Edgar Cruz

Of all the important characteristics and designs of roofing materials, lifespan is one of the first things you should worry about. You need to think ahead and try to invest in a product that doesn't need to be replaced too soon.

Of course, some homeowners can easily handle products that have shorter lifespans, and they might even prefer them in a few ways. For example, homeowners might want a roofing replacement simply because they want to update their home style every couple of decades. So choosing a product that only has a 20 to 30 year lifespan might be just fine for these homeowners. The majority of homeowners, however, just want a product that they can install and basically never worry about again. This article looks at the various lifespans of some of the most common residential roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

Wood shingles are one of the oldest roofing materials, and they come in many different styles and designs. Pretty much any wood shingle product that is used for roofing will be highly tempered. That is, it is treated so that it can withstand the elements. Wood shingles are common is sub-zero temperatures where it snows all winter. They are also found in blistering hot climates where it is always sunny. It is so attractive that many people are more than willing to deal with the relatively shorter lifespan. Wood shingles can last up to 40 years, but most products have about a 25 year lifespan.

Concrete Products

Concrete tiles and shingles are usually shaped and molded to look like some of the most popular stone, clay, and wood roofing materials. For example, you can find concrete tiles that are designed to look like a terra-cotta Spanish roof or the wood shingles you would find on a log cabin. It is a diverse material. Concrete can easily last over 40 years, and some products can last over 70 years. The longer lasting concretes are usually coated with a glaze that seals the concrete.


Slate is one of the longest lasting natural stone products available. Slate roofs can last over 100 years, and they don't require any special treatment. This is very impressive for a natural stone product. Other natural roofing stones, like granite or composite products, will last over 50 years, but they cost much more than slate.

Any of these three materials could be right for your home. Just consider the lifespan before making any major decisions.


About Me

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!