Everything has a shelf life, and your roof is no exception. Constantly battling the elements, your roofing system is the primary protector of your home. If you have an older roof you may be wondering “how long does a roof last?” The answer depends on a few factors. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing system used in the Delaware Valley. Depending on the style of shingle and whether they are properly installed, they can last upwards of 25 years.
What Causes a Roof to Age Prematurely
For over 40 years, the expert roofers at PJ Fitzpatrick have been replacing asphalt shingle roofs, so you could say we’ve seen it all. Some roofs may only last 10 years simply because they were poorly installed or made of inferior roofing materials. Of course, the weather also plays a huge part in the health of your roofing as well. If you live in a very windy area or frequently experience hailstorms, your roof will be under a great amount of stress.
Standard 3-tab shingles, architectural shingles, and other premium asphalt shingles all have different life spans based on their unique construction. You should be sure to choose an asphalt shingle style that is appropriate for your home size, shape, and location. Ultimately, the best way to have your roof last a long time is to ensure it is correctly installed by licensed and trained roofing professionals.
Signs You Need a New Roof
The number one sign you need a new roof is simply the age. Roofing over 15 years old is a candidate for replacement. The next obvious reason would be a large area or multiple small areas of damaged, buckling, or missing shingles. Anything you can easily see from outside your home that looks concerning should be inspected. Leaks and other smaller issues could potentially be repaired after inspecting those problem areas and installing new flashing or other materials.
PJ Fitzpatrick Can Install Your New Roof
If your roof is damaged or appears to be near the end of its functional life, contact the professionals at PJ Fitzpatrick for a roofing estimate. We can work with you to choose the best shingles to protect your home and even offer financing options to help you afford the protection your home needs.