How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last?
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Roofing Basics: How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last?
There’s a reason the expression “having a roof over your head” has come to signify the importance of shelter and protection. A good roof protects your home and your family, keeping you dry and sheltering you from wind, rain, and in Florida, more rain. A roof is an integral part of a home and is an important component of a suitable structure. Replacing a roof is an investment in the life of your home and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be done as frequently as most people think.
Typical Lifespan of an Asphalt Roof is 20 Years
How long does an asphalt roof last? Asphalt shingles have an expected average lifetime of around 20 years. However, if you’ve opted for Owens Corning™ asphalt shingles, your roof may last longer. In fact, Owens Corning™ believes its asphalt shingles and total roofing system can protect your home for up to fifty years if properly maintained. Typical warranties cover a new roof for 5-10 years. A preferred protection roofing system warranty—which can only be sold by an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor—can cover your roof for up to 50 years.
Factors that can affect the lifetime of your roof include:
- Whether it has been maintained,
- Where you live,
- Material used, and
- Instances of severe weather.
In Florida, the life of your roof may be affected by heat, wind, hurricanes and storms, and humidity. To ensure you get the most of your roof, you’ll want to maintain it.
Lengthen the Life of Your Roof with Preventative Maintenance
The best way to extend the life of your roof is with regular preventative maintenance. Grab a pen and mark on your calendar two dates, one in the beginning of fall and the other at the start of spring, to check your roof for damage and to clean your gutters.
What to look for:
- Moss – Grab the power washer and clean the mossy area. Don’t use the highest setting, just enough to get rid of the moss.
- Leaves and debris – Sweep any detritus off the roof.
- Limbs reaching over the roof – Cut away any branches or limbs that may cause damage to your roof.
- Jammed gutters – Clean out gutters so water has a clear path off the roof.
While you’re there, keep an eye out for signs that you need repairs or a new roof.
When to Get a New Roof
There are a few signs that you should consider investing in a new roof. If you experience any of the following, considering calling a highly trained Tampa roofing specialist to provide you with more information.
Keep an eye out for:
- Cracked or missing shingles
- Loose roofing materials that accumulate after a storm
- Detached gutters
- Algae growth
- Areas that appear to be sagging
- Water stains or leaks inside the home
Some of these issues may be easily fixed with small repairs, however, others are clear signs of the need for a new roof. It’s important to consult with a Tampa roofing company if you’re experiencing some of these symptoms in order to prevent unnecessary damage to your home.
When the time is right, protect your home with a roof from an Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor. Westchase Roofing specialists have undergone specialized Owens Corning™ training in order to provide homeowners with the best asphalt shingle total protection roofing system. Get a quote and learn more about how Westchase Roofing can not only protect your home, but make it more beautiful, too. For most homeowners, their home is their largest investment. Preventative maintenance can help you protect your investment and allow you to rest easy.