Florida roofs have a different lifespan than those in other states.
In fact, the roofs here are made of different materials, have different codes, and are subject to different climates than most other areas of the country.
How Long Does A Florida Roof Last?
A typical roofing system in Florida has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. However, there are many factors at play, such as the roofing material, the installation, the upkeep, and, of course, its subjection to severe weather.
We’re not roofing experts, so we leaned on local experts at Keller Roofing to bring you the following information.
Average Lifespan By Roofing Material
- Composition Shingles: Average 20 years. However, extreme weather conditions could shorten it to 15.
- Wood (Shake) Shingles: Average 30 years for a cedar roof. Proximity to saltwater can significantly shorten this lifespan.
- Metal: Average 50 years for metal roofs. Varies depending on the metal selected. Aluminum, copper and steel are popular metals for roofing.
- Concrete Tiles: Average 50 years. Pending proper care and climate conditions.
- Clay Tiles: Average 100 years. Pending proper care and climate conditions.
- Slate Tiles: Average 150 years! Being less porous than clay tiles, a slate roof can last even longer.
Extending the Lifespan of Florida Roofs
- Keep Clean Gutters – Prevents blockage and water damage
- Remove Roof Debris – Spray leaves/debris with a garden hose or leaf blower – avoid pressure washers, which can cause roof damage
- Ventilate the Attic – Allow humid air to escape, and prevent the growth of mold
- Annual Roof Inspections – Before & after hurricane season, help prevent a small issue from becoming major
Talk To Florida Roof Experts
We strongly suggest you connect with a local roofing company before and after you purchase your home in order to get on a regular inspection and maintenance schedule.