Every homeowner understands that purchasing a new roof can be a massive investment. Finding the right roofing material to make sure that you can enjoy the maximum lifespan on your roof is important but it will often affect the overall price of repairs or installations. With so many different types of roofing materials on the market, it can be tough to know which is the best for your needs. Some of the most common questions that we receive on roofing materials come down to which type of asphalt roofing shingle is the best type. The same rule that applies to other roofing materials can be applied to asphalt roofing shingles, the higher the cost, the longer the lifespan. As some of the most popular roofing materials in the United States, here are some top data regarding shingles and their quality so you can make a decision on what is the life of a shingle roof?
These are some of the most widely used roofing materials in the United States and they come in a wide range of textures, styles and colors. An asphalt roofing shingle is one of the most durable and cost-effective solutions for roofing. There are three-tab asphalt shingles that have regularly spaced asphalt tabs in a repetitive pattern with a minimum thickness. There are also dimensional shingles that are designed with two layers of a bonded material and a more three-dimensional appearance.
Based on the climate in South Florida as well as the design of the most popular shingles, lifespan of shingle roofs in Florida range between 10-20 yrs. Double bonded layered dimensional shingles offer an improved layer of protection, added weight and improvements over a traditional shingle style. These shingles will usually last between 20 to 30 years.
These are a relatively new product and only certified master elite roofing contractors are able to install these roofing shingles. GAF shingles come with a 25-year warranty and the asphalt shingles that are produced by GAF are some of the strongest on the market. The manufacturer’s warranty on this product is superior to many of the other shingles that are on the market.
GAF shingles can also come with a series of improvements such as the American harvest line which is an extra thick design with added dimensions. These types of shingles can add and improve layers of protection for even the highest stress areas of your roof.
GAF also includes a cooling series of roofing shingles which can decrease temperatures throughout your home and make sure that it can stay cooler in the summer. This style of shingle is coated with a roof cooling temperature coating which can reflect sunlight back from your roof. These systems will work at reducing pollution and reducing your overall air-conditioning costs. They are strong but also an extremely environmentally friendly solution for your roofing needs and they come with the same GAF warranty.
There are only a few shingle manufacturers that will offer a guarantee associated with storm damage. Most of the manufacturers that will guarantee their roofing shingles against hurricane damage or tropical storm damage are dimensional shingle manufacturers. Hurricane preparation is also crucial to honoring these warranties. If your roof has been exposed to hurricane winds over 155 mi./h, it’s important to receive a roofing inspection afterward as there are not many materials on the market that are rated to withstand these winds. Preparing your roof accordingly and making sure that you have a plan after the storm can be important as well.
If you would like to learn more about the latest roofing products and their lifespans, contact the staff at Old Time Roofing today!