Because of the variables associated with the materials used for roofing, as well as the particular situation of your home, the decision to replace your home’s roof over simply fixing or repairing it can be a more simplified decision.

The Expected Lifespan Compared to the Age of Your Roof

When it comes to the popular materials for roofing, here is what you can reasonably expect in terms of the lifespan that each material is likely to provide. From there, you can make the decision as to whether the actual age of your current roof will or will not exceed the lifespan a particular material can afford.

Asphalt Shingles

Generally providing about 20 years for their lifespan, asphalt shingles tend to be the most common material used for residential roofing. This material can also be a good option for hot and sunny climates, as South Florida is known to be.

Natural Slate

Since they have the ability to reach 100 years or even longer in their lifespan, natural slate can often be found on more historical buildings, as well as churches. If you opt for natural slate, there is a very good chance that the life span of your home will exceed your own.

Synthetic Slate

A mixture of plastic and rubber, synthetic slate offers about half the life span of the natural slate it is designed to look like (roughly 50 years), and it a material that is relatively new when it comes to roofing options.


With an ability to last at least 50 years, metal is quickly gaining popularity in today’s modern roofing materials.

Cedar Shingles/Shakes

Although the lifespan is limited to perhaps 25 years, cedar shingles or shakes can add a significant value to your home and can look quite beautiful. However, it is important to note that they can often be quite expensive.

Synthetic Cedar Shingles

With a 50 year lifespan as compared to a 25 year lifespan of the natural cedar shingles they are designed to look like, synthetic cedar shingles are an option to consider in order to get the look and beauty you want, and at a possibly significantly more affordable price as well.

No matter what the best option is for your home’s roof, whether to repair or replace, make sure to contact the professionals that will ensure it is a job well done. Call Ross Brothers today at 954-281-7944.

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