Are you looking into buying a new home and wondering how long those pre-installed shingle roofs might last?

Or are you thinking about working on some major roofing renovations on your house and maybe considering putting up shingles?

A shingle roof can last between 10 to 50 years.

Not quite the estimate you were looking for?

Whether it would last you just a decade or triple that time is really dependent on different things. Because of the multitude of factors that need to be taken into account, all we can offer is a rough estimate. In order to narrow down that number, take a look at the factors we are talking about.

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Material: What type of shingles are on your roof?

The most common type used in roofing is asphalt shingles. However, there are other options available in the market. You might want to look at other alternatives since some are able to give better longevity. If you are planning on a new roof replacement, be sure that only quality materials will be used; you should be able to see a list of materials on the roofing project contract.

Asphalt Shingles: 15-25 years

A more common option in this list, asphalt shingles can last a bit over 2 decades. With thinner shingles, such as the 3-tab option, being more suitable for areas with a temperate climate where there aren’t too many storms. Thicker varieties like Dimensional or Premium shingles generally last longer, on the upper limit of the longevity range, and are able to withstand strong winds.

Metal shingles: 20-50 years

A less common but good material to use is metal. It’s a very durable material that if used could give you a roof that could last up to 50 years. It’s able to resist algae and bacterial growth. However, if not maintained well or installed properly, it could lead to rusting, which will then require you to get a roof replacement.

Cedar shingles: 20-40 years

Most often found on beach homes, cedar shingles can regularly last 20 – 35 years, and even up to 40 years with the right maintenance. They are perfect for beach houses because they are able to withstand strong winds that may come with the sea breeze.

Other Factors Affecting Lifespan

In Gainesville, one of the major factors that affect your roof’s lifespan is the weather. With major heat waves running through the summer, and heavy rains during the wet season, your roof is exposed to major temperature changes that can wear down any material that you have on. 

Aside from the weather, how the roof is installed is also a crucial factor. A great roofing contractor, like the one from the team at Energy Roofing Companies, would ensure that the gutters are installed properly, sufficient insulation and protective layers are installed, and other minor but critical details that affect your roof’s quality. 

Maintenance and Repairs

The last, but definitely not the least important thing to consider for your roof’s lifespan is your role in its maintenance and upkeep. The key to maximizing your roof is maintaining it. Here’s a checklist of proper maintenance procedures:

  • Clean the gutters
  • Clear away fallen tree branches and other debris
  • Cut off branches from nearby trees that push into the roof
  • Plan regular roof assessments, annually and after major storms or bad weather

However, no matter how well you maintain it, the need to eventually repair or replace your roof will arise. Energy Roofing Companies can give you a good assessment of the condition of your property to help you know when and what you need to keep an eye on. But there are some very obvious tell-tale signs that you need some work done.

Leaky Roof

You don’t need to climb up to the roof and inspect every shingle on there. When you start feeling water dripping through the ceiling, then that is a sure sign that you’ll need some repairs. Climb up to your attic and you might be able to find out where the leak is coming from. You might need to just layover a set of new shingles over the old ones, but a full tear-off replacement would definitely last you long after the work is done. The best way to go about it is to get an expert’s opinion.

Check the Records

No leaks but when you’ve been in the house for most of your life, you might start to wonder when you’ll need to do a touch-up. This approach is a lot better than waiting for when it actually starts leaking because a leaky roof means that there is already damage done. 

On the other hand, if you have on record that the last time any work was done on the roof was over 30 years ago, then you are probably overdue for a roof evaluation.

How Does it Look?

From the exterior, you’ll be able to see if anything is wrong, especially in terms of shingle placement. When you see one that has been lifted up partially or slanting off to the side, then that means some repairs need to be in order. Broken shingles should also be replaced before any more damage can occur. You won’t need to worry too much about repair time and cost since a broken shingle or two would probably only require replacing damaged areas – not a full tear-off of the entire roof. 

When it comes down to it, with the right type of materials, expert installation, and diligent maintenance, your roof could easily outlive you. However, you would definitely need a few repairs here and there, especially with the strong storms and scorching heat that frequent Northern Florida.