how long does a roof last?

Before you buy a new house, it is important to know what type of roof is sheltering the house and how long it has been in place. Likewise, when you are looking to replace the roof of your current home, you need to know your replacement options in terms of durability. Roofs can last between 20 and 100 years. The type of roof and quality of roof is what narrows down the general range. The following gives you an idea as to the expected lifetime of some of the more common roofing types:

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt is the typical roofing type in Garland, TX homes. Reason being, asphalt shingles are the economical choice for durability. They are nothing fancy; however, asphalt roofs do their job by handling the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde weather that is present throughout the year in Texas. Plus, their expected lifetime of 20-25 years is ideal for home buyers. You never know exactly how long you will stay in a particular home. It could be 20 years or it could be the rest of your life. When forced to make a roofing decision, 20-25 years usually sounds ideal.

How long will a roof last?Of course, there are asphalt shingles that can last longer than 25 years. For example, architectural asphalt should add an additional five years or so. This relatively modern version of asphalt is finely crafted to lengthen the lifetime of a roof. You can also pay more for higher quality asphalt shingles. Top notch asphalt shingles can expand the duration of a roof to 50 years.

Wood Shingles and Shakes

Wood shingles and shakes will last around 20 years. This type of roof has a soothing look to it; however, it has a few drawbacks from a durability perspective. Anytime you are dealing with a wood type, you have to think about the impact weather will have on it. Rain can cause wood shingle and shake roofs to warp. Insects will be naturally attracted to it and bacteria can build up if the roof has been overwhelmed by wet weather. These potential issues make wood shingle and shake roofs somewhat risky for Texas homes.

Texas encounters its fair share of droughts, yet, the state can also experience heavy rains. It just depends on mother nature’s mood for the year. If you do opt to have a wood shake roof installed in Garland, TX, be sure to purchase one with pressure-treatment. This will help the roof overcome its vulnerabilities. A good 10-20 years can be added to a wood shingle and shake roof if properly treated.


Metal roofs are very durable. A metal roof should last for around 50 years. You will pay a decent price for its durability, but the price will be well worth it assuming the 50-year mark is met. Metal roofs are as they sound—strong and sturdy. They will be able to withstand all types of weather. They even reflect heat, making for cooler homes and lower air conditioning bills for Texas residents. Large-sized hail can cause dents to metal roofing, but it would only be noticeable if close up. Unlike asphalt shingles, hail will have little effect on the lifetime of a metal roof.


There isn’t much to be said about slate roofs besides the fact that they are the top all-around roof aside from price. Slate roofs last up to an incredible 100 years. Plus, their sleek look makes them very appealing. You will pay a hefty sum if you choose slate roofing for your house. It will last longer than you will live in the house, but it will add nice value to the home if/when it is placed on the market.

Daka Roofing will repair or replace your roof. No matter the type, our professionals will satisfactorily install a roof over your home. Don’t underestimate the importance of a well-built roof. Contact Daka Roofing today!