Affordable Roofing Systems: On the Life Expectancy of a Roof

By Stacy Mellete

Due to the varying weather conditions that your roof is exposed to on a daily basis, it will deteriorate over time. It will peel, crack, and blister.

A roof protects the home and keeps its occupants safe from the elements. The intense heat from the sun is damaging to any surface especially one that is so exposed. In addition, ultraviolet (UV) radiation accelerates aging and can cause blisters to your roof. High winds may loosen up the tiles or shakes. When the undersides and gutter system slacken, rainwater can get in to your house. Debris from trees that hang over a roof can also cause damage and clog waterways.

Aside from the harsh external elements, a roofing system’s lifespan also depends on the materials used. Each type has its own expected lifespan.

Here’s the average lifespan of various roofing materials according to

Asphalt shingle roofs have an 18- to 30-year lifespan. The packaging claims 20-year or 30-year shingles, but this is the best-case scenario for weather and installation. Wood shakes commonly last for 14 to 20 years if they are properly taken care of. Slate, clay, tile and steel roofs will last 50 years or more if they are installed correctly.

Importantly, proper roof maintenance helps extend the lifespan of any type of roofing system. Schedule a regular inspection with a Clearwater roofing contractor to address any damage to prolong roof life.

For professional roofing inspection and roof replacement, contact Affordable Roofing Systems. We are the trusted roofers in Clearwater FL, based on years of dedicated service of arming Florida homes with quality roofs. Call us today for more details.

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Your roof has an important job to do to keep your home dry, but it can also be an impressive home feature.


Our stone coated steel roofing system is available in a wide range of styles including Tile, Shake, Slate, and Shingle, and in a variety of colors. We’ll help you to choose one that will fit your home’s style and your budget.


As the most-used roofing type across North America, asphalt strikes a balance between price and durability, with a life expectancy of up to 20. Shingles are available for those who want affordable, genuine slate roofing.


Tile roofs offer unparalleled value when cost per year of use is factored in. While upfront costs are higher, customers who choose a clay or concrete tile roof will enjoy the aesthetics and quality for a lifetime.


Metal roofs today come in a wide array of colors and finishes. Innovations in metal roofing technology have significantly enhanced the performance of metal roofs.

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TPO can be installed to any scale with some of the world’s largest building utilizing TPO roofing systems – it comes in strips typically 8ft 10ft and 12ft wide that are heat welded on site.

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