Asphalt is the most popular roofing material in America for a variety of reasons. It’s affordable, durable, and easy to install. However, while asphalt shingle roofing systems are the most affordable, they’re also the ones with the shortest life span. There are many facts and figures in the ether about asphalt shingle roofing, and it can be hard to make sense of it all.
Luckily, at Elo Roofing, we’ve dedicated the time and effort to know everything there is to know about the roofing material, and we’ll gladly let you in on some of our trade secrets.
Installing asphalt shingles on your roof is a quick and painless process that a professional roofing team can do in two days or less. That means if you have a roofing emergency, the installation can take about 24 hours to complete.
Affordability is the leading factor as to why homeowners favor asphalt shingle roofing systems. Asphalt is cheap and easy to repair and replace, and the material is often always readily available at your local roofing store. Even the more premium asphalt shingles are still more affordable than roofing materials like metal and slate.
The lifespan of the average asphalt shingle roofing system is between 20 to 25 years. While these roofs are quite durable, they have one of the shortest lifespans compared with other materials for a roof, such as clay tiles or metal sheets. Maintaining and tending your own home will prolong its life, but do not expect it to last more than 40 years.
Low Weather Resistance
Higher-end asphalt shingles tend to have a wind rating of 150 mph. However, due to them being pretty lightweight, combined with the way they were installed and their age, they tend to be vulnerable to wind uplift. During stormy weather, homeowners often have to replace some shingles here and there after losing them to the storm. Long-term exposure to the sun and heat can also lead to them cracking and breaking.
For more information about asphalt shingle roofing systems, or roofing in general, don’t hesitate to call Elo Roofing!