Friday, we answered a common question about concrete and cement. Today, we want to answer another frequently asked question about roofing systems from our clients in Royal Oak, Michigan: How long does a new roof last? This of course depends on many different factors. Construction quality, local climate, shingle and material quality, and maintenance all play a role in how long your new roof will last. If you want a ballpark estimate, 20 years is the lifespan of most roofs. However, some roofing systems like clay and copper can last even longer. There are even coal tar built up roofs that have lasted for 60 years. When you get an estimate done by a roofing company, they should be able to give you a better estimate of how long your roof will last. But remember that it’s also important that you maintain your new roof to make it last. This includes doing things like brushing snow off of your roof with a roof rake after Michigan winter storms to take the weight off of your new roof. If you go with the right company, select the right supplies, and perform proper maintenance, you could have a roof that lasts well past 20 years.