If you spend any time looking up in your own neighborhood, then you have likely noticed the abundance of asphalt shingle roofs. Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roofing materials in the entire country. The material has an extended lifespan, is easily installed, and rather affordable, too.
On average, asphalt shingles last 15 to 30 years. Lifespan does depend on a few factors, which we’ll go into more detail later. Just as a quick aside, these factors include weight, roof slope, sun explore, and climate. Furthermore, how the shingles are stored makes a significant difference.
Despite the relatively long lifespan, any roofing contractor worth their salt will tell you that preventative maintenance is crucial. The same goes for repairs. You never want to forgo roof repairs or maintenance for too long; otherwise, you risk costly damage to the roof. We recommend scheduling an inspection annually for the best results.
Weather is the most significant factor in shingle lifespan. Hot climates, such as those found here in Texas, often deteriorate shingles faster. We’re talking about 12 to 14 years for some shingles, depending on the heat. Weather is the primary reason why maintenance is so crucial.
You also want to consider warranties when purchasing roofing materials. Due to the numerous variables affecting the lifespan of asphalt shingles, warranties are worth examining closely. Some warranties are subpar; they do not indicate how long your new shingles will last. However, shingles available in various weights, colors, and designs are generally priced appropriately and according to their warranty length. Said warranty is often 20, 25, or 30 years. Be sure to shop around.