How quickly your roof will need to be repaired or replaced is based on several factors: Exposure to the sun, storms, cold, or heat all contribute to the condition of your roof over the years. The quality of your roofs installation. Roofing material type is significant. For instance, an asphalt shingle roof will typically wear out more quickly than a metal roof. How your roof is maintained - All roofs should be regularly inspected and maintained to avoid costly leaks. Learn about the different types of roof damage and the basics of inspecting your roof to avoid costly leaks.