What Is The Average Lifespan of a Roof?

The average lifespan of a roof often comes down to the types of roofing materials you have installed on your house. Shingle roofing for example will have a shorter lifespan than tile but multiple factors including storms and damage can often reduce the lifespan of a roof as well. To determine the overall lifespan of your roof it comes down to the quality of the materials that were installed, the slope of your roof as well as the climate in the area that you live. Here are some of the lifespans on the average roofing materials to give you an idea when it may be time for you to replace your roof!


Most traditional style shingles will last between 10 to 15 years with many manufacturer warranties guaranteeing the roof for at least a decade. Architectural shingles can last a little bit longer, up to 20 years in lifespan.  Depending on the manufacturer of your shingles and the guarantee from your contractor, it’s likely that you can receive a guarantee on your roofing materials for 5 to 8 years minimum for defects in the materials.


Tile roofs often have a lifespan between 35 to 50 years. Although they are a larger investment upfront, tile often comes with less maintenance and increased durability when compared to regular roofing materials.

These are some of the best ways to help maximize the lifespan of your roof!

–                     Perform regular maintenance and repairs when they are required

–                     Make sure that your roof drainage is always properly cleared

–                     Opt for a lighter color to absorb less heat and last longer

–                     Always use quality materials

–                     Trust a professional installer to put your roof in

If you feel as though your roof is starting to experience some problems and you could use a professional assessment on whether it may be time for a roofing replacement, contact us today to learn more. We can show you more about the average lifespan for your roof and help you get access to the best improvements!

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.