One question a lot of people who are in the market to either replace or repair their roof is what the lifespan is for each type of roof. In this article we’ll be talking a bit about the shingle roof. While shingles are certainly one of the more classic older school methods of roofing, it’s also one of those tried and true materials that we absolutely know is going to be cost effective and provide a lasting product. Additionally over the years technology has lent improvements in the manufacturing of shingles that also help it last the test of time.
The weather that we typically see throughout a Southwestern year can range greatly, but generally we have 2 major cycles – lots of sun followed by a season of torrential rain. And while that rain does bring wind, we don’t usually have such extreme wind that it blows away roofing materials but in only very rare cases.
The professionals at West Coast Roofing install a good number of shingle roofing systems for these reason – they’re very economical for the customer and when installed properly, they provide a very tight and long lasting result.
Most typical asphalt based shingles today last roughly between 16 and 19 years. There are three determining factors in this equation:
- The initial quality of the shingles that are being installed
- Whether or not your shingles were installed properly and the entire roof as a whole has been professionally finished
- And how well you maintain your roof such as ensuring debris isn’t built up around edges and gutters
One of the major contributing factors of the effectiveness of a shingle roof are the granules that are on the top of the shingle. Ponding water or debris on the roof can shorten the overall lifespan of the shingle by more rapidly deteriorating the granules on the shingle.
Ventilation can also make an impact in the health of your roof. More often than not in Tucson this really only applies to the monsoon season, but that 2-3 month period can make a significant impact for your roof. Without proper ventilation, the sub-structure and supports of the roof, more acute on homes with a crawlspace, attic or higher pitch, can become wet and begin to deteriorate the wood. As that occurs, the laminates in the plywood can prematurely cause the glue to fail.
The roofing pros at West Coast Roofing have decades of experience working right here in Tucson, so we know the materials and techniques to ensure your roof is repaired, replaced or installed properly. We’re a Rose on the House Certified Partner and continually a 4-star rated provider, so you can rest assured the job will be done correctly. If you want to learn more about how we can help you, please Contact Us today and we can even provide a completely free inspection.