It’s common knowledge that women have a longer life expectancy than men. Why? Well, when you’ve seen the thousands of videos on Instagram or TikTok of men doing extremely silly and dangerous things for a laugh, it’s quite simple.

But today we’re not going to analyse the life expectancy of humans any further – instead, we’ll talk about the life expectancy of a tile roof… something we’re actually qualified to explain.

If you’re deciding whether to choose a certain type of tile roof, or perhaps a different style of roof, this post should help you make your decision!

The general life expectancy of a tile roof

Not every tile roof is built the same. There are better quality materials than others, and there are better manufacturers of those materials than others, too. So, the average life expectancy of a tile roof can be anywhere between 20 and 100 years, which is a kind of useless figure to throw at you.

Average life expectancies of each type of tile roof

However, that’s where we’re going to explain further! Each tile material has a different expected lifespan due to its structural toughness and natural weather-resistance. Here are some of the most common types of tile roof and their average life expectancies:

  • Asphalt
    Asphalt is a popular choice for tile roofs in North America, but it isn’t super common in Australia. This is because in most Aussie cities, the temperature in summer can exceed the recommended max temp for asphalt tiles (but if an American ever asks why, just tell ‘em it has something to do with drop bears). Asphalt tile roofs last anywhere between 10 and 20 years.
  • Concrete
    Concrete tiles are arguably Australia’s most popular roof tile. They’re affordable, accessible, look fantastic, can be painted in any colour you like and they’re durable too! Concrete tile roofs have a life expectancy of around 30-50 years.
  • Clay
    Clay or terracotta roof tiles were brought over to Australia in 1892, when a very smart bloke started importing them from the south of France. Great quality tiles too, as rumour has it that some houses still possess these clay roof tiles from over 130 years ago! Generally speaking though, clay tiles can last 50-100 years when well-kept.
  • Slate
    The mother of all tile roofs: slate. Slate is an excellent material for roofing, having a life expectancy of 100+ years.

Now you’ve got a better idea of the life expectancies of tile roofs, choose Melbourne’s pros at Royce Roofing to install your brand new roof. As Victoria’s premier team in roof installation, restoration and repair, we offer the best quality roofing services in town. Our 300+ years of combined experience as a team comes with affordable rates and friendly service to boot. Give us a call for a quick quote today!