When to Replace Roof and Four Types

Types of Roofs and When to Replace Them

If you have owned your home for more than 20 years, or if you recently bought a home and aren’t sure of the last time the roof was replaced, you may be wondering if it is time to replace your roof. Most roofs last a minimum of 20 years, depending on the type of roof. Here are four common types of roofs and when they need to be replaced.

 Types of Roofs

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roof, largely because the shingles are affordable and easy to install. They are also fairly durable and protect your home from the elements. Most asphalt roofs last about 20 to 25 years. However, with additional wear due to weather, your roof may need to be replaced sooner. When the shingles are turning upward at the corners, have lost their grit, or are missing in several areas, it is time to consider replacement.

Cedar Shingles

Cedar or other wood shingles last about 30 years on a roof. You may not get as much wear out of your wood shingles if you have severe weather that breaks or damages the shingles. If you have a lot of cracked shingles on your wood roof, you may need a roof replacement rather than a repair.


Tiles are very durable and can last upwards of 50 years. However, they can become damaged easily with severe weather. You can also damage the tiles by walking on the roof, which may be necessary for some repairs. However, most often you can simply replace the broken tiles rather than the entire roof.


A metal roof can actually last upwards of 100 years, depending on several factors. Most often when a metal roof is degraded and loses its shine, a new coat of paint is all that is required. 

If you have a roof that needs repairing or replaced, contact us today for more information or to get started with an estimate.