Many factors go into a choice of roofs for homeowners: durability, style, color, roofing material, price, and longevity. Longevity is perhaps one of the more important factors in your decision of a roofing material because replacing a roof is an expensive and time-consuming task that you really only want to do once in your lifetime.

Master Shake Roofing System is a proprietary metal roofing system that leads the steel roofing industry for quality and performance. In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the longevity of popular roofing materials, along with their cost, to help you make the best decision for your home. Contact us today!


Composite Asphalt Shingle Roofs

Composite asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular roofing material, covering about 80 percent of homes in America. Composite shingles are made of asphalt with small chips of slate and ceramic granules. Composite shingle roofs owe its popularity to its low cost, easy installation process, and a decent lifespan of between 15 to 30 years. Considering most homeowners only live in a home at most of about 40 years, this roof is cost-effective.

Wood Shake Shingle Roofs

Wood shake shingles are like traditional wood shingles, just of a thicker nature. These roofs are beautiful to behold and last on average between 35 to 40 years. However, these roofs are extremely high maintenance. Debris must be removed from it as soon as possible. Moss can grow easily. Curling, cupped, or split shingles need to be replaced right away. Regular roof inspections will be imperative for these roofs. Shakes are more expensive than regular wood shingles and are of a more expensive roofing material in general.

Clay or Cement Tile Roofs

These roofs are very popular in the southwestern United States. They are incredibly strong and durable. However, tile roofs are very heavy, requiring a stronger frame to hold the roof up. The average lifespan of clay roofs is over 100 years with proper maintenance. However, tile roofs are prone to cracking and care must be taken when walking on them. If you’re looking for a roof that you’ll never have to replace in your lifetime if your home is newer, then tile roofs are your best bet. They are expensive, however.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofs can come in a variety of metal types, from copper to aluminum and steel alloys. Increasing in popularity due to its ability to handle the toughest weather and its incredible resistance to fire, metal roofs last on average of between 30 to 50 years, but most last much longer. Metal roofs cost more than asphalt shingle roofs but will only need to be replaced once maybe in a homeowner lifetime. Add in the fact that metal roofs are virtually maintenance free, and they are now a homeowner’s delight.


Master Shake Roofing System is unlike any other metal roofing system. We have engineered our roofing materials to be stronger, more durable, and easier to maintain than other metal roofing systems. We offer a 50 year lifetime guarantee on our roofs. When compared to other roofing materials and their expected longevity, we believe Master Shake Roofing System is the most economical for the expected lifetime. Contact one of our metal roof dealers today to get started!