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  • Writer's pictureMatt O'Dore

Understanding the Lifespan of a Shingle Roof

Updated: Feb 23


Three houses in a neighborhood with asphalt roofs

Maintaining a robust roof is an integral aspect of homeownership. A well-maintained roof not only enhances your home's value but also safeguards you from potential issues such as leaks and water damage. But how do you discern when your roof requires intervention? Here are a few indicators suggesting that your shingle roof might need repair or replacement:

  1. The Presence of Cracked, Discolored, or Curling Shingles Not only do these deteriorated shingles blemish the aesthetic appeal of your roof, but they are also strong indicators of an aging roof. It is imperative to either repair or replace such damaged shingles to ensure your roof remains in good condition.

  2. Bouncy or Spongy Texture of the Roof If you notice your aging roof displaying a somewhat squashy feel, it could signify that the shingles are wearing thin and absorbing moisture. In such cases, a roof replacement might be the correct course of action to preempt leaks, water damage, and other expensive repairs.

  3. Missing Shingles or Shingles Losing Granules Shingles that are either missing or shedding granules are a clear warning sign that your roof demands immediate attention. When such shingle deterioration begins to occur, it's likely time to consider a roof replacement.

Understanding the Lifespan of Shingle Roofs

An awareness of your shingles' estimated lifespan can provide a rough timeframe for when you might expect to need a roof replacement. On average, most asphalt shingle roofs have a lifespan of 15 to 30 years. Wood shingles often last even longer. However, each home and its roof are unique, and several factors can influence the durability of your roof:

  1. Climate Weather conditions such as rainfall, severe storms, or prolonged sun exposure can all affect the longevity of your roof. While you can't change the weather, experienced roofing professionals can provide advice on how best to safeguard your roof against these elements.

  2. Quality of Installation An improperly installed roof may exhibit signs of degradation earlier than the expected 20-year mark. Therefore, to ensure the long-term performance of your roof, it's essential to engage skilled roofing professionals for the installation.

Fortunately, caring for your roof doesn't need to be a daunting task! With the assistance of our roofing contractors at Matador Exteriors, you can effortlessly assess your roof's health or initiate a replacement process. Our seasoned team has been serving homes across the region for numerous years, and we're committed to delivering a five-star service. Contact us today for a complimentary estimate!


In addition to these points, remember that regular maintenance and prompt repair of minor damages can significantly extend the life of your roof. Proactive roof management helps identify potential issues before they escalate, ensuring your home stays protected from the top down, regardless of the weather or time of year. Matador Exteriors, with our deep expertise and customer-first approach, is the reliable partner you need for maintaining your home's first line of defense – your roof.




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