What are the Longest-Lasting Roofing Materials?

When it comes to choosing your new roof, the main things you want to consider are the durability of the roofing material and how it will suit your property. Typically, asphalt, slate, aluminium and clay are some of the longest-lasting roofing materials – this blog will discuss the properties that they have to ensure maximum longevity.


Asphalt shingles are commonly known to last between 15 and 30 years, with some higher quality shingles lasting up to 50 years. Since asphalt is also one of the most cost-effective roofing options, it is easy to see why so many people opt for them. 

Having said that, when it comes to asphalt, there are a variety of different types and it’s important to do your research before you commit. Don’t just go for the cheapest option – instead, you should consider the hail rating of the material as this will be a good indicator of how durable the asphalt will be.


Slate roofs are one of the most popular options when it comes to roofing materials, due to their ability to last over one hundred years and be resistant to damage from pests and adverse weather conditions. 

Due to the heaviness of the material, some structures may not be able to hold its weight and so the building structure may need some extra support before installing a slate roof. However, this might be worth it if you consider the benefits of opting for slate roofing.


While aluminium roofing is one of the more expensive options, its life span of over 50 years makes it worth the money that you are paying for it. One of the main properties that makes it so durable is that it is resistant to corrosion, and this helps to increase its longevity, particularly in industrial environments.


Clay roofs are particularly popular in the South West, but they can be found all over the UK. They are known to be incredibly durable, with an average life expectancy of 60 years and an ability to withhold extreme weather conditions. 

Due to the way clay tiles are made, extra features can be added to the top surface of the tiles, such as channels and grooves, which prevent damage from the build-up of water or strong winds.

For more information on finding the perfect long-lasting roofing material for your property, contact us today.

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