In Tulsa, OK, asphalt shingles can last from 10 to 15 years, depending on quality and upkeep. Some strategies can be taken to slow down the natural aging process and maintain your roof longer. This blog post discusses what causes aging in asphalt shingle roofs, its effects on these roofs and how you can proactively take steps to prolong their lifespan with proper maintenance and ventilation.
Overview of Aging on Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles age due to the multiple times they expand and contract in response to temperature changes and UV ray exposure. This process causes granules on top of asphalt shingles to slip away slowly over time, leaving them vulnerable to extreme weather conditions and wear and tear.
Aging asphalt shingles that become brittle are prone to cracking or leaks when strong wind or rain comes around. They begin sagging, curling upwards at the edges, allowing moisture into your home’s structure underneath the roof deck. In addition to creating potential leak issues, a layer of exposed asphalt makes rooms warmer than they should be during summer if not addressed quickly and correctly.
Strategies to Slow Down the Effects of Aging on Asphalt Shingles
You can slow down the aging of asphalt shingles through regular maintenance. Here are examples of proactive measures against premature aging:
- Regularly inspecting your roof for any signs of aging or damage
- Cleaning it occasionally using a simple brush and water (water pressure is not recommended)
- Replacing pieces that have been damaged due to storms
- Applying caulking around flashings on your roof
Investing in quality asphalt shingles with high-grade weather-resistant features will extend their lifespan drastically compared to budget brands that use lower-grade materials and surface coatings.
Furthermore, like in any home improvement project, you should hire an experienced professional to properly install your shingles and ensure sealant goes between each row when they overlap. This way, moisture doesn’t find its way underneath them.
A good ventilation system installed on your roof also prevents temperature differences from causing the shingles to expand or contract too quickly.
If you need any help extending the lifespan of your roof or require emergency roof repairs to fix leaking or busted shingles due to weather conditions, contact Arrowhead Roofing in Tulsa. Our skilled team provides professional roof installation and roof maintenance services. Contact us today at (918) 743-9257 or complete our online form for a free estimate on your next project.
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