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What Type of Roof Lasts The Longest?

Roofing: What Type of Roof Lasts The Longest?

If you’re considering investing in a new roof, you’re probably wondering which type of roof lasts the longest. It makes sense that you want to get the most bang for your buck, because let’s face it, getting a new roof isn’t cheap.

Keep reading to find out what kind of roofing will stay stylish and effective for years to come. 

Slate Roofing

Overall, slate is the type of roof that lasts the longest, however, it is also the most expensive kind of roofing available on the market today. This is likely because with proper preventative care and maintenance, slate roofing can last a remarkable 150 years after installation. Slate roofing contains no additives and is made up of durable all-natural stone which helps it to withstand inclement weather better than its man-made counterparts. It is also relatively fire-resistant and eco-friendly as well. Slate comes in a variety of styles and colors so you’ll be able to match your home’s current color palette seamlessly, or perfectly execute your vision for the home you’re building. 

Another Option

Regardless of whether or not it’s worth the money, if you don’t want to shell out for slate roofing there is another option, enter synthetic slate roofing. Synthetic slate can be made up of a number of different materials including polymers, plastic, or even steel. Synthetic slate is long-lasting, but doesn’t look like the real thing and can begin to curl at the edges. 

The Bottom Line

Ultimately no matter what kind of roofing you choose, proper roof maintenance is essential to getting the most life out of your roof. Even if you’ve opted for the most expensive choice it won’t last as long as it should without proper care, and cheaper choices like asphalt can last longer than expected with routine maintenance. Here are some tips on how you can keep your roof in tip-top shape, no matter the material:

  • Patch leaks as soon as they occur to prevent mold or further damage. 
  • Clean your gutters often and remove debris from your roof as soon as you spot it. 
  • Treat your roof for moss and algae annually.
  • Inspect your shingles each season and repair or replace any cracked or broken shingles. If you’re unable to do this yourself, consider hiring a professional service to inspect your roof for you. 
  • Trim any trees surrounding your roof regularly to avoid a surplus of leaves or even a dead branch potentially damaging your roof. 

Contact We Do Roofing SLC

Whatever type of roof you decide to invest in, whether it be slate, shake, or asphalt, you’ll want expert service and installation, and that’s where We Do Roofing SLC comes in. Our licensed and insured technicians are ready and waiting to install a roof that you’re sure to love, and that will last for years to come. Contact us today to get your free estimate, we serve the Salt Lake County area in Utah including Salt Lake City, Murray, West Valley City, and West Jordan.

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