For decades, asphalt shingles have been the most popular roofing material in North America. They’re inexpensive and easy to install but do they actually hold up over time? The truth is that there are a lot of factors at play when it comes to determining the longevity of asphalt shingle roofs, including geographic location, climate, design style, and age. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of these factors so you can make an informed decision about whether or not an asphalt shingle roofing system is the one for you.
Installing asphalt shingles on your roof is a quick and easy process that can be completed in less than two days by the professional team, so you’ll have it back up before 24 hours go by if an emergency situation occurs.
Affordability is the leading factor as to why homeowners favor asphalt shingle roofing systems. Asphalt is cheap and easy to repair and replace, and the material is often always readily available at your local roofing store. Even the more premium asphalt shingles are still more affordable than roofing materials like metal and slate.
The lifespan of the average asphalt shingle roofing system is between 20 to 25 years. While asphalt shingles are quite durable, they have one of the shortest lifespans compared to the other roofing materials. While maintaining and tending to your roof will prolong its life, it will most likely not last more than 30 years.
Low Weather Resistance
Wind-resistant asphalt shingles are a homeowner’s best friend. They boast wind ratings of up to 150 mph, however, their lightweight nature often results in them being blown away during storms. Asphalt shingle roofs can be susceptible to damage during severe weather conditions due not only to the fact that they’re pretty lightweight but also due to incorrect installation or a lack of maintenance.
For more information about asphalt shingle roofing systems, or roofing in general, don’t hesitate to call Force Roofing Systems.