Roof repair is a fact of life simply because no roofing material will last forever. When you think about the rigors that a roof must endure, it should come as no surprise that roofs wear out over time. Hail, falling limbs, the weight of snow, a constant cycle of freezing and thawing, the incessant bombardment of UV rays, corrosion, insects, moss—the list of hazards to a roof is quite extensive. That being said, some roofing materials last longer than others. By choosing a roof based on how long it should last, you can reduce your repair and replacement costs down the road.
The Standard Asphalt Shingles
In order to appreciate the lifespan of a potential roofing material, it is important to have a standard to compare a roof against. As asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials out there, they will work as a familiar standard to compare other roofing materials against. The lifespan of asphalt shingles is about 15–20 years. Thus, every fifteen years or so, you can expect to replace your roof at a cost of about $4,000.
The Value of a Slate Shingles
Two hundred years. That's how long you can expect a slate-shingle roof to last. By installing slate shingles on your roof, you can virtually eliminate your need to replace your roof during your lifetime. Many people do not stay in one home until they die. By using slate shingles on your home, you can help with selling your home, since your buyer will also enjoy a long-lasting low-maintenance roof. While slate costs significantly more than asphalt shingles to install, you will save money over the long run.
The Go between: Metal Roofing
If you can't really afford the cost of a slate-shingle roof, but you don't want to face high replacement costs down the road, then you might be interested in installing a metal roof. A good galvanized-steel roof can last up to sixty years, and because a metal roof costs significantly less than slate shingles, it should be a much more affordable option.
If you get too myopic in your search for a roof for your home, you can end up with a roof that costs less initially than other roofs on the market, but will end up costing you more in the long run. A long-lasting roofing material will help you to save money on repair and replacement costs down the road. Talk to a roofing company like Burroge Construction LLC about your options.