One of the most important questions to ask when you are looking at a new residential roof is “How long will it last?” This is not something you want to have to do over and over again. There are a few factors that will help you answer your question.

Roofing Materials

Three types of new residential roof materials are most commonly used in residential areas: Asphalt shingles and clay tiles. Each type has a different expected life expectancy.


Shingles are the most susceptible to wear and tear, with a lifespan of 15-30+years. This is mostly due to the choice of quality. The warranty length can be used to determine how long the manufacturer expects each product to last. You may have multiple shingles from the same company with different warranties.

Clay Tiles

A clay tile roof can last for up to 50 years when used as a whole. Individual tiles may need to be repaired, which can make them more costly. These tiles also become brittle from sun exposure, so homeowners in high-sun areas will need to do more work on their residential roof.


Metal roofs have a long life expectancy and can last for well over 20 years. Seaside areas are an exception. Because salt water can quickly corrode roofs, manufacturers won’t offer warranties for installations that are too close to the ocean.


The lifespan of all materials depends on how roofs and the surrounding areas are maintained. It is important to keep the new residential roof clear of leaves and branches, as this will prevent water from getting under the roof’s cover. To prevent water back-ups or other problems, it is important to clean out gutters.

It is important to have a roof inspection every year in order to catch problems early and fix them before they become serious. The damage to your home will be more severe if you don’t pay attention to the roof before water starts leaking.

Contact Kennedy Roofing and Carpentry to learn more about roofing options and have your roof inspected. We are happy to help you with your new residential roof.

Contact Kennedy

Kennedy Roofing has the experience and expertise to replace or repair your roof with quality materials and excellent craftsmanship. We have been family-owned and operated for over 40 years. We service a multitude of areas in West Central Florida including Anna Maria Island, Plant City,  Apollo Beach, Bradenton, Brandon, and Seffner, Ellenton, Gibsonton, Longboat Key, North Port, Port Charlotte, Valrico, PalmettoPunta Gorda, Riverview, Sarasota, Sun City Center, Tampa Bay, Venice, Lake Whales, and all points in between! All our roofs are backed by a 15-year leak-free guarantee, the highest in the industry. Our Owens Corning shingle roofs are backed by a 50-Year Platinum Warranty that includes materials and labor. While most of our business is residential, we also handle commercial roofing projects. Check out our 5-star reviews and be sure to contact us today for your free quote.

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