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Just How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last? Signs it Might be Time to Upgrade

Did you know that the roof above your house is your first line of defense? Many homeowners continue to choose shingle roofing because of its lifespan, and it is susceptible to some types of damage. For a free inspection on your roof, contact Advance Roofing & Siding Inc. today!

The real question is; how long does a shingle roof last?

According to Science Daily, one of the most dangerous parts of your house, if not built well, is your roof! It could collapse, fall, or be blown away by hard weather. However, roofs, as simple as they may look, have secrets to tell.

As a homeowner, you need to remember these four secrets. So we’ve come up with a list of factors that could affect the lifespan of your roof.


From super-luxury roofs like slate, tile, and cedar to asphalt, shingles plays a massive role in your roof’s longevity. Shingles are the visible part of your roof.


Aside from being in the “know” with your shingles, you need to get to know your roofing underlayment. It is installed over your roof deck and is typically made of waterproof material. Due to this trait, it can give you protection against rain, snow, and ice.

If you’re living in a tropical area, it would be nice if you invest more in your underlayment because it can add a few years to your roof. With a quality underlayment, you can face any harsh weather.


One of the unique features of your roof is ventilation because it differs in every house.

A well-vented roof stays more cooling, which can prevent the snow from melting and water accumulation in the winter. It can also can prevent rotting of your roofing material from the inside by keeping your attic from getting too hot and moist.


And lastly, despite these physical features of the roof, the method of its installation is vital. The type of installation used for your roof can help you achieve maximum durability.

Roofs can be nailed by using a variety of sizes and placement requirements of nails for different shingles. It could also be done through Swabbing the deck, which means that old shingles and underlayment are completely removed before new roofing materials are applied.

What About Your Roof?

Now let’s get moving!

How do you know when to replace your shingle roof? Does it depend on your type of roof?

Not all shingle roofs are created equal. Different roofs can have different life spans. Your location, income, and, of course, your type of house can be significant factors.

Here are some types of shingles and their lifespans that you might want to consider.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt Shingles has three types, namely fiberglass, organic, and 3-tab shingles. These are the most commonly used shingle roofing among homeowners.

If you have Asphalt Shingles on your roof, you have the most basic and least costly one which can last anywhere from 10 to 20 years. Significant cracks and a loss of a lot of sand granules which can cause chipping and drying up are the clear signs for a new roof.

Slate Shingles

These are shingles made from a particular type of stone. This type is desirable, and homeowners love its natural color variations. The slate shingles are very expensive because they are made of natural stone.

Despite its expensive price, homeowners continue to choose the slate type because of its amazing benefits.

Here are some:

  • Waterproof, fireproof, and incredibly durable.
  • Slate shingles can last for up to 50 years.
  • When installed and cared for properly, slate shingles can last for up to 150 years.
  • Because it is made of natural stones, slate shingles can be recycled.
  • It keeps your house at a consistently cold temperature.

Tile Shingles

These are one of the most expensive types of shingle roofing to buy and install. However, you don’t have to worry about the price as this type is one of the most durable among shingle roofing and can last for up to 80 years or more.

There are seven types of tile shingles. These includes:

  • Ceramic Styles
  • Metal Tiles
  • Concrete Tiles
  • Bituminous Tiles
  • Polymer-Sand Tile Roof
  • Copper Tile
  • Composite Tile

Wood Shingles

If you want your roof to feel and look more natural, go for wood shingles.

It is made from hardwoods and is more expensive than asphalt shingles. With the right maintenance, wood shingles can last for up to 60 years before you have to have them replaced.

Metal Shingles

You can also have Metal Roofing, which is considered as the most popular residential roofing system. If properly installed, it can protect your house for 30 to 50 years.

This type is very durable and is built to withstand strong winds, hot sun, and storms. Unless a branch of a tree can stabs into the roof, it is almost impossible to damage.

These are just some of the different types of shingle roofs that you might want to install.

Signs of Roof Damage

Be on the lookout for spot discoloration and chipping or peeling paint accompanied by excessive, widespread rust on your roof. These are signs of roof damage.

Visible signs of excessive roof leaks like stained ceilings and water buckets strategically placed in the attic is also a warning for you to consider a replacement. If you also see many cracked or loose tiles and leaks, which don’t respond to simple repairs, you might realize it’s time to do some new installations.

For more about signs of roof damage, you can check this article.

These signs, however, can show up depending on the type of roof that you have and the kind of lifespan they possess. And of course, having a 20-year warranty for your roof is not precisely an assurance on your part that that’s how your roof is going to last.  

Your roof protects you every day, but who protects it? Taking some time now can save you a headache and extra expenses down the road. Different types of shingles may offer different value for your home’s roof. Depending on different factors, some shingles may be more suitable than others. Be sure to consult Advanced Roofing & Siding Inc. to help you determine which type of shingles will best suit your roofing design and home in general.

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