Age is one of the primary factors that determine if you need a new roof. Generally, you can expect your shingle roof to last anywhere from 15-30 years, but its actual lifespan depends on a number of factors, including the type of roofing materials as well as the environment. Of course, the latter can vary based on your region’s climate. For instance, roofing shingles won’t last as long in Arizona as they would in an area with more temperate weather since dramatic temperature fluctuations may cause shingles to crack.
Why Homeowners Prefer Shingle Roofs
Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing in the United States because they are affordable, durable, and usually covered by warranties of up to 25 years. Made of fiberglass and asphalt sealant, asphalt shingles can effectively protect your roof structure from snow, wind, rain, and harsh UV rays. Also, heat from the sun softens the asphalt on the shingles, and over time this helps to bond the shingles in place and form a watertight seal.
Not all asphalt shingle roofs have the same lifespan. Typically, 3-tab shingles last between 15 and 20 years. They are the least expensive asphalt shingle system. Architectural shingles, or dimensional shingles, have a longer lifespan of 20 to 30 years but come with a higher price tag. Premium shingles have the highest price tag but can last between 25 and 40 years.
Installation Workmanship Can Affect a Roof’s Lifespan
Not surprisingly, less expensive shingles won’t last as long as those that cost more. But when installed by a top-tier roofing company, many types of shingle roofs can last a good deal longer than their expected lifespan. In fact, a properly installed and well-maintained shingle roof can last 50 years or longer, barring damage from a severe storm or a large fallen tree.
When your shingle roof reaches between 15 and 20 years old, or when a storm has blown through your area, you should consider scheduling a roof inspection. A professional roofing company can confirm if your roof is in good condition, if it has sustained storm damage, and whether repairs or a full roof replacement would be the better option.
Signs That Your Roof Needs an Inspection
If your residential or commercial roof is near the end of its lifespan or if you need an experienced storm-damage restoration company, turn to professionals at Chesapeake Remodeling Group. Since 2000, we have served both residential and commercial customers, installing premium shingle roofing systems from the respected manufacturers GAF, CertainTeed, and TAMKO. We can complete most residential installations in as little as a day and back our work with a five-year labor warranty along with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty for ultimate peace of mind.
To learn more about our selection of long-lasting roofing shingles, or to schedule a free roofing inspection, contact Chesapeake Remodeling Group today.