What Is the Average Lifespan of a Typical Residential Roof?

by | Aug 10, 2021 | Residential Communities

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Residential roofing systems are typically long lasting and resilient. Most are sloped, but there are many cases when homeowners install flat roofs on their homes, so there isn’t really a rule regarding the shape of the roof. Nevertheless, sloped residential roofs made from sturdy materials like clay and slate are known to be some of the most durable, while lower quality roofs – both sloped and flat – will rarely last for more than 10-15 years.


When we think of an average lifespan for roofing, we have to consider both the range of how long a typical roof can last (which is anywhere between 10 and 150 years) and the common use of durable versus lower quality roofing.  Annual Thornton roof repair and maintenance can add to the duration of your roof.


Asphalt shingle roofing, for instance, is at the lower end of the spectrum, but a lot of people use it because it’s affordable. In contrast, slate roofs can last for up to 150 years or even more, but because of the price, not many homeowners can actually afford one.


Keeping that in mind, we can say that the average lifespan of your typical roof can be placed somewhere between 30 and 50 years. That’s basically a little higher than the least durable asphalt shingle roofs and a little lower than concrete and clay. Some roofing systems that will last around that much include wood shake roofing, metal roofing and some higher grade composite shingle roofing systems designed for residential installation.