How Long Should My Roof Last?

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When it comes to knowing when to replace your roof, it isn’t always as obvious as missing shingles or roof leaks. The life span of your roof depends on the type of roof, the quality of the roofing materials, and the installation process.

So how long does a roof typically last? Let’s take a closer look:

Different Roofs & Lifespans

Several factors will affect the longevity of your roof including the roofing material, weather, and installation. While most roofs average 20 to 30 years, some can last up to 70!

Here are some of the most common roofing materials and how long you can expect your roof to last:

Shingle Roofs

There are two main types of shingle roofs, asphalt and wood. Both make your home attractive and secure from the elements for a long time. Let’s explore the differences in how long you can expect a shingle roof to last on your home:

Asphalt Shingles

Typically, a shingled roof will last between 15-30 years.

Keep in mind this estimate depends on the quality of the installation, and whether or not the roof has weathered any severe storms. (Hello hurricane season!) Shingled roofs are the most popular style of roofing in America due to their affordability.  

Wood Shingles

When properly maintained a roof of wooden shingles can last up to 30 years. Usually made of cedar which is naturally resistant to insects and rot, a wood-shingled roof requires a little more maintenance and upkeep than a traditional asphalt shingled house. But some homeowners with older homes, like to maintain the classic appearance and repair any cedar shingles that may have become damaged over time.

Here in Tampa Bay, Florida, rain, wind, and wear and tear are common problems with roofs. At Goodfriend Roofing, we can repair or replace your roof, making your home more attractive in appearance and secure from the elements. Call us to schedule a consultation: 813-579-5789!

Tile Roofing

One of the main reasons tile roofs are so popular is that they can come in a variety of materials,including Terracotta clay, concrete, metal and more. They give a distinctive Mediterranean-look to many Tampa area homes. Not only do they look great for a long time, they are highly durable. But this doesn’t mean that damage doesn’t happen especially with the storms and high winds that can be the downside of living so close to the water!

Due to their durability, a roof made from clay tiles can last a century or more! These styles of roofs are more expensive and can cost anywhere from $600-$800 per square foot installed. If longevity is what you are looking for, the upfront cost of a tiled roof can be justified since the roof lasts so long without needing significant replacement. Plus, most clay tiles are low maintenance and often come with a 30+ year warranty.

A tile roof from Goodfriend Roofing provides beauty and longevity to any building for years to come. Call us today for a clay tile roofing quote for your new home or remodel!

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs have great longevity compared to many alternatives in our hot, wet Florida climate. Again living by the Bay does occasionally have a few downsides…

Metal roofs are growing in popularity due in part to their durability, but also the range of colors and textures that can match your home!

A metal roof can last around 70 years without needing to be replaced, but the installation cost may be on the higher end and can vary based on the type of metal used.

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No matter what type of roof you have, our goal is to help it look great and keep the integrity of your home for years to come! Our top-rated roofing company is here to help you make the most of your investment. Call your Goodfriend’s today and we’ll be to your home fast for a no-hassle quote!

Factors That Impact a Roofs Lifespan

There are a few important things to keep in mind when it comes to the lifespan of your roof. These include:


Quality makes a big difference in the longevity of your roof. While four out of five homes opt for asphalt shingles, there is a growing trend towards more durable types of materials.


The underlayment of your roof is a waterproof or water-resistant material that is installed over your roof deck (under the roofing materials). This layer adds protection against rain and storms.


Unique to each home, a well-vented attic or ventilation space can add years to the lifespan of your roof. A vented roof stays cooler and helps prevent moisture from accumulating and causing roof rot.


The expertise and skill of your roofer make a big difference to the longevity of your roof. Choose a roofing company that knows their product, installation practices, region, and roof design to get the most out of your new roof.

Chat with the local roofing specialists at Goodfriend Roofing to understand how to make your roof last as long as possible after our installation or repair service. Of course, as your friends we stand behind our work and guarantee to do our best on each and every job. Your home matters to us!

Call Your Friends in the Roofing Industry

So how long should your roof last? Unfortunately, not forever…and it could be time to replace or repair yours!

You have a friend in the roofing industry with Goodfriend Roofing. Trust our local experts for your roof repair before you need a full replacement. By choosing our Tampa Bay roofers, you’ll get impeccable craftsmanship at a competitive price.

Schedule your free consultation today, or give us a call at 813-579-5789 to make your roof project come to life!

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