Whether your roof needs to be replaced immediately or you’re just planning ahead for future expenses, it’s essential to understand how long shingles will last. Unfortunately, there isn’t one particular life span for every shingle out there on the market. Rather, there are many different factors that go into determining the actual lifespan of a particular roofing shingle.

Here at Indy Roof & Restoration, we offer a variety of shingles for your specific roofing needs. Our shingles are guaranteed to last with proper installation and regular maintenance. But before you close the deal, you’ll need to know what type of shingles are needed for your particular property. At Indy Roof & Restoration, we’re here to help!

Types of Asphalt Shingles

Before you can determine the life expectancy of your shingles, you need to know which type of shingle you’re going to have installed. Asphalt shingles come in different types, sizes, colors, and styles to suit your home’s specific needs. There are three main types of shingles. These include luxury, dimensional, and three-tab shingles, with the latter two being the most common. Here at Indy Roof & Restoration we offer each of the following types of shingles and will work with you one on one to determine which type works best for your environment and for your budget.

Three-Tab Shingles

The most commonly used type of shingle out there is the three-tab shingle. It’s common for quality three-tab shingles to come with a general warranty of around 25 years. When we install your shingles and vent it, it’s estimated that you’ll get about 80 to 85% of the total lifespan out of your three-tab shingles. This means that you can expect your roof to last about 20 to 22 years when you have three-tab shingles.

When you decide to go with a three-tab shingle, you’re going with a very affordable option. However, it’s important to realize that three-tab shingles are more prone to being blown off due to their light weight. This is a factor we’ll go over with you based on your location and the weather conditions you face each year.

Dimensional Shingles

Sometimes referred to as laminate or architectural shingles, dimensional shingles are produced with two or three layers to create a multi-dimensional appearance. These thicker shingles can be specifically designed to help replicate wood shank or natural slate to enhance the aesthetics of your roof and boost the overall curb appeal of your home. Our dimensional shingles will come with a pretty exceptional manufacturer’s warranty. Assuming that you get about 80 to 85% of the total lifespan of your roof, you can expect it to last between 25 to 28 years.

Luxury Shingles

Also known as premium shingles, luxury shingles are the highest quality asphalt shingles we offer at Indy Roof & Restoration. They have a very different appearance and functionality than your dimensional or three-tab shingles. Luxury singles are specifically designed to last anywhere between 25 and 30 years. It’s crucial to note that luxury shingles are our most premium option.

Luxury shingles do weigh a lot more than both three-tab and dimensional shingles. This makes them more weather resistant to tearing or damage. Our luxury shingles are available in many different color options and styles. You’ll find that these asphalt shingles will have a more realistic interpretation of slate and wood shanks as compared to the dimensional shingles.

Other Factors That Affect Shingle Lifespan

While understanding what the average life span is of each of the three types of asphalt shingles can give you a good idea of generally how long you can expect them to last, don’t take their lifespan at face value. We will properly install and ventilate your shingles so that you are getting the best quality and performance for your final cost. Still, there are many other factors that can influence the actual lifespan of your shingles.

Attic Ventilation

One of the most important factors that play a large role in determining the actual lifespan of your asphalt shingles is your attic ventilation. If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, there’s going to be long-term deterioration created from the heat that gets trapped inside of it. When too much heat gets trapped inside of your attic, it can slowly cook your roofing materials.

Usual Weather Conditions

Another major factor that can impact the lifespan of your asphalt shingles is the usual weather conditions in your area. It’s normal for every rooftop to undergo wear and tear from the weather. Extreme weather environments can cause your shingles to wear a lot faster than those who live in fairer climates. During an Indiana winter, you can expect 22 inches of snow a year, and lots of blustering winds to stir it up. In the summer, the hottest it usually gets is about 83 degrees. While that might not be too bad walking outside for short periods of time, imagine sitting out in it all day every day! That’s what your shingles are going to do. During these peak seasons, your shingles can take a toll. This is something to consider when investing in new shingles and what to expect.

Which Way Your Shingle Roof Faces

One factor that many homeowners don’t take into consideration when it comes to determining the lifespan of their asphalt shingles is the direction their houses face. In short, the more direct sunlight that your roof receives, the shorter its lifespan is going to be.

Think about a house that faces east and west. This house is going to experience an equal amount of direct sunlight on both sides throughout the day. This will cause asphalt shingles on both sides to wear evenly. Now, let’s think about a house that faces north to south. The shingles on the south side of this house are going to experience direct sunlight all day long. This is going to cause the shingles on the south side of the home to prematurely wear over the shingles on the north side.

Professional Roof Installation Company in Indianapolis

Speaking of roof installation, hiring a professional team will have a big impact on the actual lifespan of that roof. That’s where we come in! At Indy Roof & Restoration, we have a strong history of installations, as you can be assured that we’re going to be using the correct roofing techniques to allow your shingles to last as long as possible.
Additionally, how regularly you get your roof inspected by us can also impact its lifespan. Our expert recommendation is to have your house’s roof inspected each year. This will allow us to identify any problems that are starting and get them fixed before they turn into bigger issues. If you never get your roof inspected, it’s likely that your shingles could be experiencing more damage than intended due to roofing leaks and other problems. Without annual roof inspections, you can expect the lifespan of your shingles to be much less than what’s generally recommended.

Call us Today!

Indy Roof & Restoration provides expert roofing services for the Indianapolis, IN, area. We’re also happy to help with all of your insurance claims, storm damage, and commercial roofing needs. Contact us today to get the expert help that you need!

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