The best thing about using trustworthy roofing material manufacturers is their capability to accurately estimate their lifespan. Roofing is a critical part of your property. Knowing when to replace it gives you ample time to save up more to invest in a new one before it gives out. On the other hand, some roofing material is so well-made that they extend and function exceptionally beyond their long-term lifespan.

Many homeowners ask their dependable and reputable Calgary AB roofers when this happens. Truthfully, it’s a significant money-saver to have a roof that goes beyond its expected lifespan. However, it puts the complacent homeowner at a grave disadvantage. Unfortunately, the old but functioning roof is equivalent to a problematic roof, primarily due to its unpredictability.

Some homeowners in Calgary AB opt for short-term roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles that only last for 30 years. In doing so, they can be complacent that their additional costs in installing a new asphalt shingle roof will extend the roofing material’s lifespan. Therefore, you can treat the unpredictable years of your old but functioning roof as an extended period enabling you to save more money for the eventual tear-off and replacement.

SF Gate has a great post on the lifespans and capabilities of different roofing materials. Read more about it below:

Asphalt and Fiberglass Shingles

Roof shingles are available in asphalt compositions, which are covered in crushed stone or fiberglass. Asphalt shingles are inexpensive, low-maintenance and easy to install, but tend to be less resistant to wind and strong rain than other materials. The average lifespan of asphalt shingles ranges from 20 to 40 years depending on the manufacturer, although many warranties only guarantee between 15 and 25 years. Fiberglass shingles are more expensive, but can last more than 50 years.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes are typically made from pressure-treated wood or cedar and are more expensive than asphalt shingles. This type of roofing requires periodic maintenance, but is available in natural or pre-stained and aged finishes, which give your roof a weathered look. Wood shingles are typically insect and rot resistant and last about 30 years.

Copper and Steel

Metal roofing is typically made of galvanized or stainless steel sheeting, but copper sheets and tiles are also available. The cost of a steel roof depends on the sheet profile, the finish applied and the size and shape of your roof, but offer excellent durability with a lifespan of 50 years or more. Copper offers an Old World appeal to your roof as it ages to a pale green patina and can last up to 100 years. (Continued)

If you’re planning to replace your aging roof, we recommend Certainteed asphalt shingles, which have the best likelihood of extending beyond its estimated lifespan. Always remember, top-notch roofing lifespans and protective capacity depends significantly on the roofers you use. No Payne Roofing is a Certainteed-certified roofer that can handle everything you need. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.