Lifespan of a Shingle Roof

What is the average lifespan of a shingle roof? There are various conditions that affect this answer. We will go over all the information relating to the lifespan of your asphalt roof shingles. Expect to learn the average lifespan, what affects that average, and warning signs it is time replace the shingled roof.

How long are shingled roofs expected to last?

15-30 years is the average lifespan of a shingled roof. Certain factors and your maintenance routine affect the longevity of the shingles. With favorable climates and quality materials, the longer the roof will last. However, we are located in the sunny and hot state of Phoenix, Arizona where the sun doesn’t stop shining and the temperatures keep climbing. Constant exposure to the harsh UV rays cause roofing materials to breakdown losing their durability and reducing lifespan. The lifespan of your roof is dependent on the environmental conditions, quality of installation, and your maintenance routine.

Annual roof maintenance and inspections will aid in keeping the shingles and other roofing materials in overall good condition. A big part of maintenance is ensuring you remove any debris off the roof and repair any leaks. This prevents mold, mildew, and further damage.

When should I replace the shingles?

Pay attention these these signs that illustrate it might be time to replace the shingles:

  1. Age- After 20-30 years, consider replacing the shingles.
  2. Curling- Any shingles that are curling up, replace them before wind and water do further damage.
  3. Missing Shingles- Replace any missing shingles as this can affect the durability of the roof.
  4. Loss of Granule- Observe the gutters for extreme amounts of granule loss. Excessive amounts of granule, means the shingles are deteriorating.
  5. Leaks- Reoccurring leaks need urgent attention and shingles may need to be replaced.

When you’re ready to replace your shingled roof, hire a professional roofer to get the job done right. The right roofing company will use proper craftsmanship to ensure your roof is durable for years and years to come. If you need a roofer who will demonstrate quality work, Almeida Roofing INC. is your go-to company in Phoenix, AZ!

Give us a call at 602-743-3175 to learn more about us and the roofing services we can provide you!

How do roof tiles get cracked? 

There are different materials that go into building a roof and one of those are the roofing tiles. While these are meant to protect you, they still wear down and crack over time. Cracked tiles can be caused by impact from falling objects, freezing, and weather. Sometimes you can get away with repairing a few random tiles but in more serious cases, replacement may be necessary. Whether you need roof repairs or replacement, it’s important to know how these cracks can happen.  

Causes of Broken/Cracked Roof Tiles 

  1. Falling Objects 
  1. Freezing and thawing  
  1. Weather 

Falling objects could be things like… a branch from that giant tree on the side of your house or, if you’re really unlucky, an aircraft losing control and landing not so graciously on the roof. No matter what the object is, it’s possible to crack a shingle with it.  

When there is sitting water on the roof that freezes and thaws over and over again, this can cause the roofing tiles to crack. While the water goes through the roofing materials, the temperature fluctuating causes the cracks to occur.  

Here in Phoenix, Arizona, we occasionally get a crazy hail storm that lasts about 3 minutes. It may be a short time but the falling ice can cause cracks and holes in a matter of no time. When we get strong winds during monsoon season, the tiles have a chance of peeling or lifting.  

Whatever the reason, if you need a roofing specialist to give you direction on repairing or replacing your roof, Almeida Roofing Inc is available to help! Our professionals will inspect the roof and present you with options. We will work with you every step of the way to get your roof back in shape! Call us anytime to schedule an inspection with Almeida Roofing Inc!