How long will my roof tiles last?

How long will your roof tiles last? It’s an important question. If you are buying a new home, a new–old home, or building one yourself, the roof is one of the key things to check and know the condition of. You may be replacing part or all of your existing roof and the decisions you make on materials can be important in determining what its life expectancy will be. This month we delve into roofing materials to help you decide what is best for you and your home.

Typical life expectancy

There isn’t really a simple answer to this as materials and manufacturers vary, and weather conditions are a factor to consider as well. Finally, you also need to consider the quality of workmanship when it comes to laying your roof tiles – not all roofers have the same training or skills, and you could get what you pay for.

Having said that, roofs should last at least 30 years and for those that are well maintained, up to 60 years. With all of the above factors in mind, here are the typical things to consider for the most commonly used roofing materials.

Clay tiles

Clay is still one of the most popular materials for a roof in the UK. It’s a material that is abundant and easy to use in manufacturing roof tiles. When they are well made, they are durable and aesthetically appealing, both important factors in their popularity. According to the Building Research Establishment, or BRE, they can last up to 60 years.

Clay tiles will withstand your typical British weather very well. When it comes to more hostile and wild weather, you may find that you need to undertake some repairs from time to time.

Concrete tiles

Concrete is a highly durable material and can withstand weather conditions that other types of tile may not perform as well under. This gives them a life expectancy of around 60 years. Each manufacturer will produce concrete tiles to their own specification, so there will be variations, but overall it is a great material to use if you are in an area that experiences significant weather.

Slate tiles

Slate is a natural material and comes with a longevity that outlasts other, man-made materials. Slate tiles can last for 80 years or more when laid correctly and looked after well.

How to extend the life of your roof tiles

Choosing the right material for your type of roof and location is one thing. But there are things that you can do to help extend the life of your roof tiles, including:

  • Getting them laid properly by an experienced professional.
  • Regular maintenance to deal with any small issues before they escalate and turn into bigger problems that are harder and more expensive to repair.
  • Not walking on the roof. Doing so can damage the tiles, so if you have to access the roof make sure you seek advice from a professional on how to do it properly.
  • Not ventilating your loft. A lack of ventilation can affect your roof tiles, so make sure that your loft space is adequately ventilated.

For advice on the right roof tiles for your home and an experienced installer to lay them for you talk to our Roof Rescue team. We’re on the end of the phone on 020 3189 1618 for any questions or to book an appointment.

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