Atta Boy Property Inspections (Roof)

Shingles (about 20 years)

Homeowners with wood shake roofs should expect them to last about 30 years, while fiber cement shingles last about 25 years and asphalt shingle/composition roofs last about 20 years. Climate and weather conditions, such as snow, hail and hurricanes, can cut the life span of all types of roofs.

There are generally three grades of asphalt shingles that you can choose from. Roofing manufacturers and contractors typically refer to them as “good”, “better” and “best” products. They’re thicker than the 3-tab variety, with some of the premium/luxury products having a thickness of three ‘standard’ shingles.

Three-tab asphalt shingles have one shingle tab size and shape that consists of three separate tabs that are 12 inches wide. They are coated with asphalt to shed water. Architectural shingles are characterized as dimensional or laminate and come in varying sizes and shapes.

The longest-lasting shingles on the market are laminated shingles with a lifetime warranty and fall into two categories: dimensional shingles, which have a standard architectural shingle pattern) and “luxury” shingles, which do a better job of approximating the appearance of shakes or slate shingles.

Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:

  1. Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped. …
  2. Bald spots where granules are missing.
  3. Cracked shingles. …
  4. Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles.