Whether your roof is aging – or if you have recently installed a new shingle roof on your home – you may wonder how long you can actually expect it to last. The total lifespan of your roof will depend on a few variables:
Quality of Shingles
Modern shingle roofing is typically designed to last for two to three decades of use. Although you will see asphalt shingles rated as 20, 30, 40, and even 50 years, it is important to remember that this is a grade, not a guarantee.
Higher quality shingles tend to hold up better over time, as they are manufactured with greater thickness and better adhesive.
What External Factors Affect Your Roof?
Even with high-quality materials that are properly installed, your roof is constantly exposed to the elements. Here are a few that will greatly affect the durability of your roofing system:
Heat and Humidity
Summers in Athens are hot and humid. Most people don’t realize that this can damage shingle roofing, as the extreme temperatures can dry shingles out and lead to cracking.
Though temperatures in Athens don’t often fall below freezing, cold weather can cause ice to form and damage the shingles. Ventilation is necessary to remove excess attic moisture in winter. It can also help cool the roof in summer.
Sometimes, poor installation can be hard to see, but it will reduce the roof’s lifetime. For example, if the roof is not cleaned, dried, and properly primed, adhesion issues may result, causing problems that surface several years down the road..
Severe Weather and Lack of Maintenance
Severe weather frequently causes minor damage to roofs. When small problems go undetected, they become bigger with time. Most roof maintenance involves inspecting for and correcting these problems before they grow. Failing to do this will reduce your roof’s lifespan.
Owens Corning Shingles & Warranties
At Yellowhammer Roofing, when you chose to have high-quality Owens Corning shingles installed, you not only got our excellent service, but also Owens Corning’s great warranty protection.
Non Pro-Rated Warranty Option
A Tru PROtection Non-prorated warranty will last as long as you own your home and is transferable once. During its non-prorated period, Owens-Corning will reimburse you for any costs related to the repair or replacement of defective parts. After this period, reimbursement will be prorated.
Warranty Upgrade Options
For an additional cost, you can upgrade to the System Protection, Preferred Protection, or Platinum Preferred Roofing Warranties which lengthen the non-prorated period, among other things. Additionally, these warranties provide 15 years of wind resistance coverage.
Local, Professional Help Available
Sign up at Yellowhammer Roofing for a maintenance package to help protect your new shingle roofing investment. We are an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor and will be glad to help you protect and preserve your new roof.
Contact Yellowhammer Roofing today to schedule roof maintenance or to have a free roof inspection done.
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