What Do I Do When My Asphalt Roof Goes Beyond Its Lifespan?

Investing in an excellent asphalt shingle brand is the best you can do to enhance your home's lifespan and performance. Top-notch asphalt shingle brands guarantee that you have a long-term lifespan and superior protection against elemental hazards, such as hail, snow, and extreme rain. However, despite facing all these hazards, you might find your asphalt roof having a much longer roofing lifespan than average.

Truthfully, manufacturer-estimated roofing lifespans refer mostly to laboratory resistance tests and limited environmental testing. Sometimes, a different manufacturing pattern, excellent installation by Littleton, CO roofers, or any unforeseen probability can enhance an average asphalt shingle roof's capability, allowing it to go beyond its estimated lifespan.

On average, an asphalt shingle roof can go from 20-30 years of roofing performance. If your roof still looks good and functions effectively beyond these 30 years, it's highly likely best to save up for a new roof. Stability and predictability are key, and your extended-life asphalt shingle roof provides you unpredictable protection that can break down easily over time.

Kingdom Roofing has a great post on how to predict the lifespan and dependability of asphalt shingle roofs. Read more about it below.

Asphalt shingles begin to age right after manufacture, as they get exposed to oxygen. This process is slower than it was thanks to modern packaging methods. The first few months after installation allows the adhesives and the asphalt shingles to “cure”, creating a tougher outer layer.

Your Roof’s First Decade

The first 10 years of an asphalt shingle roof’s lifecycle is the roof at its prime. Installation errors become apparent during these first few years, though. This is the time when a roofing contractor’s workmanship, as well as their warranty coverage, is tested.

The Later Stages of Your Roofs Life

Scheduled maintenance becomes even more important as your roof enters the second half of its expected lifespan. At this stage, expect more signs of wear and tear to appear, such as surface cracking, wind stress and later signs like curling and cupping. The best asphalt shingles may display signs of aging much later.

Additional Factors

Extremes in temperature are what affect the life of shingles and roofing materials. Obviously, warmer environments are going to limit shingle life. Shingles that experience abnormal temperature changes within short periods of time are not able to expand and contract as they should when wide temperature variations occur, such as 100 degrees during the day and considerably lower temperatures of below 50 at night.

Shingles don’t necessarily adapt to such intense variations in temperature. Splits, cracks and other damage appear with shingles that have been exposed to temperature extremes and water can get into those areas and create further damage. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a reliable roofer to use, you can count on us at Roper Roofing to provide you with the best solutions. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.

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