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3 Reasons Why It's Challenging to Make Accurate Roofing Material Lifespan Estimates

When you purchased your roof from a reputable roofing manufacturer, you expect it to last 25-30 years. You've invested in a high-quality brand of asphalt shingles. However, in just five years, you're plagued with numerous roofing material problems, leading to a negative review of their products online. Why does this happen?


Truthfully, roofing manufacturers do their best in every variable they can control, such as manufacturing practices and quality control guidelines. However, replicating real-world scenarios during stress testing can be difficult or take much time and resources. Therefore, they use ready data available from the average lifespan customers report.

Manufacturing Process

Manufacturing a high-quality roof is truthfully every manufacturer's goal. Unfortunately, extraordinary situations that the smallest margin of errors can cause are truthfully unavoidable, even for leading manufacturers working with a comprehensive quality control team.


Lastly, roofing manufacturers only entrust installations to qualified and certified roofing personnel in South Windsor, CT. If you used an unqualified roofer to install your roof, chances are it can fail to protect you promptly in the near future.

The Spruce has an excellent post about the average lifespans of most roofing materials in the market. Read more about it below.

Asphalt Roll Roof

Asphalt roll roofing is made from large rolls of the same material used in asphalt shingles. Used for relatively flat pitches, such as angled shed roofs, roll roofing is installing by laying strips lengthwise across the roof in overlapping courses. Roll roofing is a fairly easy material to install, and many DIYers do this themselves. But it is better suited for sheds, garages, and perhaps porch roofs, and is not a very good solution for most home roofs.

Average Lifespan

Asphalt roll roofing can be expected to last from 5 to 10 years, at most. Getting maximum life from the roofing is really just a matter of keeping it clear of debris and quickly patching any punctures or damage that occurs.

Installation Costs and Lifetime Value

Asphalt roll roofing is normally installed on roofs with a relatively flat peak, so a 2,000 square foot house will have very close to 2,000 square feet of roof area. Average costs for installing this roof are about $2.25 per square foot, for a total average cost of roughly $4,500. But assuming that this roof will likely need to be replaced perhaps 12 times over 100 years, total costs over this period, in today's dollars, can be as high as $54,000 over 100 years.

Built-Up Roofing (BUR) (Continued)

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