What Is the Typical Lifespan of a Roof?

Denver Roof on house

Your Denver roof is a silent guardian for you and your family. It does so much, like protect you and your belongs from the elements, prevent the sun from roasting you, and keep your neighbors from asking, “Hey, why don’t the Johnsons have a roof on their home?


But your roof is not immortal. It is not a constant that will continue to exist until the Heat Death of the Universe (which thankfully won’t be for another 10,100 years) depending on the style of roof your home may have, there is a lifespan that will eventually end. But what is that for each roof?


First, let’s work under the assumption that we are not in store for golfball-sized hail this summer and that the only factors effecting your Denver roof are going to be time and the regular elements of sunshine, rain, snow, and wind, and not-regularly maintaining it. With that in mind generally the lifespan of your roof comes down to what type of material has been used to cover it.


Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Pretty much the standard roofing for most homes. Asphalt shingles are easy to maintain, easy to install and are relatively inexpensive. The downside however, comes from the fact that they tend to be more susceptible to damage caused by wind and strong rain. Supposing that there are no major storm battering your roof on a regular basis, the average lifespan of asphalt shingles will generally range from 20 to 40 years. Not a bad deal!


Wood Shingles and Shake Roofs
While roofs made from wood shingles and shakes tend to require some periodic maintenance and the occasional replacement of a broken of missing piece, this natural-looking roof adds a nice, rustic look to your Denver home. The downside however is that wood shingles and shakes can sometimes fall victim to rot and insect infestation. But if all goes well for you roof, wood shingles and shakes can last up to 30 years.


Stone Tile Roofs
If you're having your roof professionally installed and don't have to worry about lugging heavy tiles around, a stone tile roof might be up your alley. Often made from concrete, clay, or slate, stone tile roofs offer better durability against heavy rain and winds...but they're heavy. Clay tile typically lasts 40 to 60 years, while slate and concrete tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years.


Of course, just letting your roof sit there and age without getting it routinely checked and maintained isn't the best idea. If you are in need of having your roof inspected, repaired, or even are looking for a complete replacement so you can get a 100-year concrete tile roof, Team Dave Logan is proud to work with a great selection of qualified Denver roofers that can help!


The opinions and advice expressed here are not vetted by Team Dave Logan, and you should always do your own research and due diligence prior to starting any project.