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The Lifespan of Synthetic Roofing Shingles

While traditional asphalt continues to be a popular roofing material, and genuine cedar shakes give an authentic warmth to a home’s look, synthetic shingles (AKA composite shingles) are swiftly rising as a preferred roofing solution—and for good reasons. Synthetic shingles typically have an extremely long lifespan of 30-50 years. This extreme longevity, reliable durability, and customizable beauty keep homeowners thrilled with their roofing selection for years to come.  

While a roofing material’s curb appeal and warranty are important facets of your selection process, to get the best overall value for your roof replacement investment, it helps to gain knowledge of the roofing material’s lifespan before selecting which type you will have installed.

Asphalt Shingles vs. Synthetic Shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles

These popular roofing shingles are made of a fiberglass mat enclosed with a layer of asphalt. The granules that cover them may come off over time due to the elements, creating vulnerabilities in your roofing system. They typically last up to 20 years if they are well maintained and if they were installed correctly.

  • Made of durable components
  • Resist algae growth
  • Not as environmentally friendly as composite roof shingles
  • Can tend to curl up

Synthetic roofing shingles

These fabulous looking roofing shingles are made of a combination of slate, laminate, and wood—creating their reliable strength and superior durability. A sound financial investment, they generally have a lifespan of 30-50 years, making them a favorite for homeowners. You’ll enjoy the beauty, durability, many more benefits of composite roof shingles, particularly if you’ve found your forever home. Here are some of the reasons for their extreme longevity:

  • They resist algae growth
  • Reduce sun damage (preventing fading and cracking)
  • Manufactured with sustainable recycled materials
  • Much lighter weight than other roofing materials
  • Protect your home from the elements with ease
  • They are the best shingles for cold climates

Clay Barrel Roof Tiles vs. Synthetic Barrel Tiles

Clay barrel roof tiles

Historic Spanish architecture often uses clay tile roofing to bring a beautiful three-dimensional look to accent a home’s unique style. The problem with clay barrel roof tiles is they are super heavy, and your roof must be structurally sound to bear the additional weight without causing damage. They last over 100 years when they are installed correctly and maintained well. Some things to consider about clay barrel roofing tiles:

  • They break easily
  • This roofing material can be an investment of up to 2-3 times more than a traditional asphalt roof

Synthetic barrel tiles

You can enjoy the beauty of a clay barrel roof without the need for extra support in your home’s structure. Other great features include:

  • Lifespan of 50 years
  • Minimal maintenance required
  • More cost effective than clay barrel roof tiles
  • Lightweight
  • Recyclable

Natural Slate Roof Tiles vs. Synthetic Slate Tiles

Natural slate roof tiles

If they are well maintained and installed according to the manufacturer’s guidelines, natural slate roof tiles can last up to 100 years. Slate has an uncommon beauty that boosts the value of your home instantly. The downside to slate is its weight. Because it’s extremely heavy, it requires additional support to your underlying roofing structure to ensure it won’t collapse.

Natural slate requires regular maintenance from a professional team (it’s far from a DIY maintenance project). Although slate is brittle and special care should be taken when walking on your roof, it does have a lifespan that outshines many of its competitors. Here’s why:

  • Made of stone
  • Resilient to the elements
  • Fireproof

Synthetic slate roof tiles

When you choose a synthetic slate roof, you get all the beauty of natural slate without the need to fortify your home due to heavy roofing material. Gorgeous synthetic slate roof tiles require minimal maintenance and last 50 years. Here’s why:

  • Synthetic slate tiles don’t break easily
  • They have excellent fire ratings
  • They are impact resistant
  • Synthetic slate stands up to the elements with ease

Cedar Shakes vs. Synthetic Cedar Shakes

Cedar shakes

Many love the rustic texture of a cedar shake roof, but there are several factors to consider when comparing regular and synthetic cedar shakes. Cedar shakes are lightweight, yet fragile and require the expertise of a professional roofing contractor with experience installing cedar shakes. Some things to consider about cedar shakes:

  • They break easily if impacted by windblown debris
  • Moisture penetration may occur and lead to mold and rot
  • Even if they are treated for fire protection, they are not permitted in some regions
  • Their lifespan is 30 years if installed properly and well maintained

Synthetic cedar shakes

Unlike genuine cedar shakes, synthetic cedar shakes are not prohibited in areas of high fire risk. They have the look of hand cut tiles. The life expectancy of synthetic cedar shakes is 50 years, and homeowners love them because:

  • They are wind and hail resistant so they won’t break easily
  • They only need minimal maintenance
  • They are made of eco-friendly material
Are synthetic shingles right for your home?

Our “Homeowner’s Guide to Synthetic Shingles” can help you decide.

Get the Long-Lasting Durability of Synthetic Roofing Shingles

Synthetic roofing gives you the beauty, durability, and low maintenance you deserve in a new roof. Its enduring color, outstanding warranty, and eco-friendly makeup combine to make synthetic roofing the perfect solution to your roofing needs. Synthetic roofing shingles last decades, and with routine maintenance you can even extend their lifespan.

At American Way Exteriors, we offer Brava® synthetic shingles which are backed by a 50-year limited warranty. Take a moment to learn more about our synthetic roofing services.

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"Jake Preston is amazing! We had wind damage to our roof. Jake assisted us through every step. Making sure we had no unanswered questions. His professionalism and kindness is unmatched. The crew was respectful and detailed oriented. Thank you Jake and American Way!"

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"Replaced the existing siding on my home. Contact and price were discussed thoroughly during the initial discussions. Workers arrived at the scheduled time and were professional in the removal, new installation, cleanup, and onsite conduct. Communication between supervisors, installers and myself was on a daily basis and any issues were addressed immediately. Would not hesitate to use this company again or recommend them."

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"We chose American Way Exteriors to replace our old vinyl siding with Hardie board siding and trim. Throughout the entire process we found the team to be very professional and receptive to our questions about the project. They were constantly in touch with us about when work would start, what to expect each day of the project, and followed up to see if we had concerns. As the project began it was very apparent our house had suffered from poor installation by the builder years ago. The American Way team worked to fix the problems, keeping us well informed along the way. We could not be happier with the finished project both cosmetically and structurally. This is definitely a company we highly recommend exterior projects!"

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