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    The roof is one of the most important structural components of a building. It protects the inside from the elements, can add aesthetic appeal, and the right materials can even save homeowners on energy costs. But something as important as a roof isn’t a cheap repair or installation job. Depending on the material, a roof can be quite expensive. At City2Surf Roofing, we pride ourselves in giving our customers a high-quality roof install at an affordable price. We’re going to explore which roofing materials last the longest and why you should invest in a durable roof.

    What are the longest lasting roofing materials?

    Slate, metal, terracotta and concrete tile, and hardwood shingles are the longest-lasting roofing materials on the market. Asphalt shingles, while they may seem cost effective on the surface, aren’t energy efficient. And they only last between 15 and 30 years. Below, we’ll discuss how long slate, tile, metal, and hardwood roofs can last.

    Cedar and Redwood Shake and Shingle

    These roofing materials are green, energy efficient, and can last anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Hardwood roofing materials require routine maintenance, but with a high-quality install and regular upkeep, they can last for up to half a century.


    Metal roofs, like colorbond roofing,  are appealing, energy efficient, 100% recyclable, and last anywhere between 30 and 50 years. They require less routine maintenance than a hardwood roof. Also, a metal roof offers significant energy savings. They will reflect the sun’s rays, thus keeping the interior naturally cool during hot weather.

    Terracotta and Concrete Tiles

    Tiles roofs are incredibly pleasing to the eye and are a popular choice for Australian homes and commercial buildings. Concrete and terracotta tiles reduce energy consumption, and kept well-maintained, can last about 50 years, sometimes longer.


    Slate roofing materials are the most durable materials on the market. A slate roof can last up to 150 years. It’s possible that if you had a slate roof installed, it wouldn’t need to be replaced until your great-grandchildren inherited the house. Talk about leaving a lasting legacy!

    Slate roofs are aesthetically appealing, and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. They’re also extremely energy efficient. But keep in mind, a slate roof is heavy, and the individual tiles are brittle. An experienced slate roofing contractor should thoroughly inspect your roof to see if it can handle the load of a slate roof. Plus, an inexperienced contractor can easily break the slate tiles during the installation process.

    At City2Surf Roofing Sydney, we only hire expert, knowledgeable roofing contractors who will treat your roof like it’s their own. When you call us, we’ll come out and thoroughly inspect your roof. Then, we’ll get you a free, no-obligation quote that is tailored to your specific roofing installation or repair job. We have decades of experience in the roofing business, and we work with a variety of different roofing materials. No job is too big or small for us. If you’re ready to repair or install a long-lasting, durable roof, contact us today for your free quote.