How Long Does A Shingle Roof Last?

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material sold today. They’re affordable, durable, and come in a variety of colors and styles. So if you, like most Florida residents, have an asphalt shingle roof, you can expect it to come with a manufacturer warranty up to 30 years. But, in Florida, the actual lifespan is shorter. With proper maintenance, the lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is around 15-20 years.

What Affects My Roof’s Lifespan?

Getting a new roof is an investment, so you want to protect it. These factors can determine how often you’ll need to replace your roof:
  1. Weather

    Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. And those elements, especially the extreme ones we experience in Florida, cause inevitable wear and tear on your roof. The heat and humidity, as well as the high winds and rain we see during storm season, can cause shingles to crack, tear, or curl, damaging the structural integrity of your roof.
  2. Maintenance

    Neglecting your roof and ignoring problems can take years off of its life and cause materials to degrade faster. Get a roof inspection once a year, and make sure you’re monitoring for any minor damage before it has a chance to get worse. Here’s a quick guide on common roofing problems to look out for and ways to prevent or repair them.
  3. Ventilation

    A proper ventilation system pulls fresh air through your attic and allows the heat to escape. Bad ventilation and inadequate insulation can cause warm, moist air to build up, causing mold, leaks, and other damage that will shorten your asphalt roof’s life. Be sure to learn more about the types of vents in this roof ventilation guide.
  4. Installation

    Hiring a reputable roofing company is crucial to protecting your roof investment — because if a roofer cuts corners, your roof’s life will be cut short. Whether you need a repair or replacement, you should look for a roofer you can trust, with experience, open communication, and positive reviews.
When you’re ready to hire, be sure to follow this guide on questions to ask your roofing contractor. And, be sure to get an estimate from the team here at Stanley’s Roofing. We’ve been serving Central Florida for 15+ years, providing high-quality roofing materials and installing roofs that are built to last.
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