Asphalt shingle roofs are exposed to the elements soon after installation, and that begins the countdown to the expected end of their life span, which usually takes about 20 to 30 years. Read on as local roofers Empire Contractors LLC takes an in-depth look at the life span of a typical asphalt shingle roof.
Manufacturing and Installation
Asphalt shingles begin to age right after manufacture, as they get exposed to oxygen. This process is slower than it was thanks to modern packaging methods. However, it is not a good idea to use old shingles for installation. Fortunately, manufacturer-certified installers like the team at Empire Contractors LLC always get our supplies straight from the factory to ensure optimum performance.
The first few months after installation allows the adhesives and the asphalt shingles to “cure”, creating a tougher outer layer. You might see some roofing granules fall off during this time, which is a normal part of the process and does not require calling for residential roofing services.
The First 10 Years
The first 10 years of an asphalt shingle roof’s lifecycle is the roof at its prime. Installation errors become apparent during these first few years, though. This is the time when a roofing contractor’s workmanship, as well as their warranty coverage, is tested. Reputable contractors like Empire Contractors LLC know that even if the repair is under warranty, our clients will still lose some of their time and attention to it. This is why we would rather get the installation done right the first time around. At the end of this period, minor cracks may appear. It is important to stick to a regular maintenance and inspection routine during this time to prevent further damage.
Scheduled maintenance becomes even more important as your roof enters the second half of its expected lifespan. At this stage, expect more signs of wear and tear to appear, such as surface cracking, wind stress and later signs like curling and cupping. The best asphalt shingles may display signs of aging much later. Once you see these signs, you should start planning a roof replacement.
To learn more about our roofing services, including commercial roof coatings, call Empire Contractors LLC today at (513) 409-0880. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve Cincinnati, OH, and surrounding areas.