How Long Does a Roof Last for the Average Home?

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One of the most common questions we get is, “How long does a roof last for the average home?” The answer depends on a number of factors. Different roof materials can make a huge impact on the lifespan of your roof. So asking how long does a metal roof last and how long does a shingle roof last can result in very different estimates. In this guide, we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know about roofing and replacements.

What Factors Influence My Roof’s Performance?

When we tackle “How long does a roof last?”, we break down the question into several factors. What type of roof do you have? How is your ventilation? Here are the four biggest factors that influence your roof’s performance over the years.

  • Materials: Not only do different roof materials affect your roof’s performance, but the quality of these materials is also important.
  • Underlayment: Underneath your roof materials is a waterproof layer known as “underlayment”. This can greatly prolong your roof’s lifespan, especially in areas like Illinois with harsh winters.
  • Ventilation: Ventilation is unique to each home, so it’s worth an inspection to find out how to improve your home’s setup. Adding options like power vents, ridge vents, eave vents, and other ventilation systems can help your roof avoid rot.
  • Installation: Choosing the right roofer can make a huge difference in your roof’s performance as well. The right roofer will know the best practices for your region, your roof materials, and your house design.

Longevity of Different Roof Materials

Everything from installation technique to local weather can affect your roof. While some roofs can last 70 years, others may need serious work in 20 years. And while you can’t control the weather, you can choose between a wide variety of roofing materials to suit your local climate. Take a look at some of the different roof materials commonly used in the Chicagoland area:

  • Asphalt shingles: One of the most common and affordable roofing types available, asphalt shingles can last between 15 and 30 years with proper installation.
  • Wood shingles: Though wood shingles need more maintenance than other types of roofing, a properly-maintained wood roof can last up to 30 years.
  • Clay tiles: Clay tiles are an investment, but this material is both durable and low-maintenance. Many options come with warranties lasting well over 30 years!
  • Metal roof: The most durable of all, metal roofs can last over 70 years – but installation can be pricey.

Get Your Home Inspection with the BrickKicker

If you want to keep your home in top condition, a residential home inspection can be a huge help – and the team at BrickKicker is happy to offer our industry expertise! Contact us today for more information about our home inspection services, so you can stay safe and save energy for years to come.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox