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How Long Does a Roof Last in 2024?

May 24th, 2024 | 2 min read

By Jeffrey Linta

Roof shingles in need of replacement

A roofing project is a large investment, one you hope lasts a long time. Or at least long enough to make it worth the price. Whether you’re wondering how much longer your roof will last or you’re curious about the longevity of your new roof, we’ll go over the average lifespan of roofing materials in this article.

With over 39 years of experience serving Myrtle Beach, we recognize the significance of having a roof that can withstand the often harsh weather conditions prevalent in our region. And while different roofing materials last for varying amounts of time, a high quality installation will always help guarantee that you will receive the maximum lifespan of your roofing materials. When you have a reputable roofing company install your new roof, you’re more likely to see these materials last even in some of the severe weather conditions we face each year on the Grand Strand.

The most common roofing materials are:

  • Shingles
  • Metal
  • Tile
  • Slate
  • Wood Shake

With proper installation, these materials can last anywhere from 10 to 70 years in the Myrtle Beach area. But let’s further explore the projected lifespan for each of these roofing materials so you can choose the material that fits within your roofing expectations!

How Long Do Roofing Shingles Last?

The most common roofing material among homeowners in Myrtle Beach are shingles. Depending on the shingles you choose, you can expect anywhere from 10-25 years out of your roof. On average, our customers choose architectural shingles because they are both cost-effective and durable against harsh weather conditions. These shingles can sometimes be referred to as 30-year shingles, but on average they will last in Myrtle Beach conditions up to 25 years.

There are 3 types of shingles to choose from. Each kind has its own look and durability against extreme weather.

How Long Does a Metal Roof Last?

Metal roofing systems are gaining popularity in the Myrtle Beach area. A metal roof can offer your home a beachy look while also being a great choice for homeowners concerned about longevity. On average, a metal roof should last anywhere between 15 to 50 years depending on the type of roof you choose. Homeowners who stay on top of roof maintenance are more likely to receive the full lifespan out of both the exposed fastener and the hidden fastener metal roofing systems. 

While metal roofs are generally low maintenance, exposed fastener roofs have exposed nails that need replacing around every 15 years. 

How Long Do Specialty Roofing Materials Last?

The most common specialty roofing materials include tile, wood shake, and slate. These materials are known to last much longer than other roofing materials. If you’re in the market for a roof that will last anywhere from 30 to 70 years, a specialty roof might be right for your home. Often our customers choose specialty roof materials because they plan to pass their home down to their next generation. But plenty of customers choose specialty materials because they allow homeowners to achieve an aesthetic look they enjoy. 

While regular maintenance is the best way to ensure your roof is functioning at its best, these materials are generally considered low-maintenance.

Tips to Make Your Roof Last Its Full Lifespan

A roof is a big investment. Not only that, but there is a lot of planning involved in getting a new roof. From choosing the right roofing company, to selecting the right shingle color, getting a new roof can be a lot of work.

To ensure that you don’t have to do all of this again anytime soon, it’s important to have regular roof maintenance every year. This includes clearing any debris from valleys, gutter cleanings, and re-caulking unsealed areas to keep your roof functioning at its highest level. Not only that, but even great materials can fail when they aren’t installed properly. So it is vital to hire a roofing company with a reputation for high-quality workmanship. 

When it comes to your most pressing roofing questions, your local roofers here at Linta Roofing are happy to answer your questions and distinguish your concerns. Our number one priority is providing you with peace of mind throughout your roofing project to lift some of the burden off your shoulders. We do this by offering transparency on costs, materials, and the insurance process. Please feel free to reach out to us with any of your roof related inquiries!

Jeffrey Linta

Jeffrey Linta is a 3rd generation roofer who grew up working in his family's roofing business (Linta Roofing, Inc.). He got his start tearing off roofs during the summer while attending North Myrtle Beach High School. Now running one of the most successful roofing businesses in the Grand Strand area, Jeffrey has lived and breathed roofing for his entire working career. Some of his accolades include GAF Master Elite Contractor, SC Safehome certified contractor, Group 5 SC Licensed Commercial Contractor, and GAF Master Commercial roofing contractor. Under his leadership, Linta Roofing, Inc. has served thousands of homeowners and business owners in the Grand Strand area. Linta Roofing achieved awards like the Sun News’s “Best of the Beach” and A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau all while receiving hundreds of 5-star reviews year after year. Jeffrey is a Grand Strand born and raised local. When he is not running Linta Roofing, he spends time fishing with his wife Erica and walking the beach with his dog Dixie.