“Weathering” is a normal occurrence on asphalt shingles, and basically refers to the effects of long-term exposure to various elements. That said, weathered shingles aren’t necessarily damaged. However, they can eventually deteriorate or develop damage that could potentially compromise your roofing system. The rate at which shingles age is usually influenced by a number of factors. Arrowhead Roofing, a local company specializing in asphalt and custom metal roofing, lists these below.
Quality of Shingles
Obviously, low-quality shingles deteriorate more quickly than high-quality ones. It’s generally recommended to go with certain brands or manufacturers when buying shingles. However, take note that quality may still vary within a particular manufacturer’s product line, which is why you should look closely at product specifications, including material, strength, suggested lifespan, etc.
The climate in your area is also another factor to take into account. In regions that experience harsher weather, for example, roofing lifespans may be shorter. This is due to the amount of wind, moisture and thermal cycling to which the roofs are exposed. Furthermore, you may have to frequently watch out for storm damage roof repair needs as well.
The quality of maintenance that your roof receives can have a significant impact on its longevity. Naturally, failure to spot and repair minor issues can lead to more extensive damage and faster deterioration. Proper maintenance performed on a regular basis can help you avoid certain risks of damage and possibly extend the lifespan of your roofing system.
Flatter roofs tend to have shorter lifespans, mainly because they shed moisture a lot more slowly. However, you can minimize the risk of water damage by keeping your roof drainage efficient.
Arrowhead Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor that caters to residential and commercial clients. Our expertise covers roof replacement, roof repair, roof coatings and restoration, and much more. To request a roof replacement estimate, feel free to call us at (918) 743-9257 or fill out our contact form.