If you plan on having new shingles put on your roof, it's important to understand which shingles last longer than the others. Some shingles such as very heavy shingles, or shingles with a high hail rating, last longer than standard shingles.
If you understand what makes a ‘good’ shingle, you can be more prepared to work with local roofing companies and protect your home for more than 25 years before needing major roof repairs.
Roofing Companies Using Organic Versus Fiberglass Shingles
Organic shingles have a layer of recycled felt paper under the top layer of asphalt and ceramic granules. Fiberglass shingles rely on the same asphalt and ceramic flakes that organic shingles do, but the bottom layer is made from fiberglass instead of tar paper.
Organic shingles typically have a shorter warranty than fiberglass, and their durability is affected in hotter climates. For Dallas roof repairs, we recommend fiberglass shingles because of their longer-lasting durability.
Shingle Duration by Weight
You can tell how long shingles will last based on their weight per square. Heavier shingles are going to last the longest.
Pay close attention to the different brands being offered by companies in your area, and look for brands which clearly display the weight per square.
Regardless of the weight, shingles typically have a lifespan of 15 to 50 years. Heavier shingles lasting closer to 40 to 45 years while lighter weighing shingles will start to need repairs closer to 15 to 20 years.
The hail rating of your shingles increases their life expectancy. Hail ratings go from I – IV. Shingles with a rating of IV are more likely to outlast shingles with a rating of II or I because they are made from stronger materials.
A hail rating of II or I often means the shingles won't last for more than 25 years. A rating of IV can be an indicator that the shingles are going to last for more than 30 years.
Taking Environment into Consideration
The type of shingle will play a part in how long they last, but the weather around the shingles also plays a major role.
Hotter climates, like Texas, wear down shingles faster than cooler climates. A house in Florida will go through their shingles nearly twice as fast as a home in New York.
Shingles break down more easily in locations where the temperature changes rapidly. If the nighttime air temperature and the daytime temperature are more than 50 degrees apart, there is a good chance that the shingles will crack and fall apart due to the temperature change.
The Roofing Company Installer Matters
The type of shingles used as well as the environment they are installed in both matter, but having the shingles installed by the right roofing company also extends their lifespan dramatically.
Unskilled roofing companies install shingles improperly, which causes them to wear out faster. Some roofing companies won't provide enough ventilation and that will lead to shingle blistering and cracking. Other roofing companies just don't lay the shingles down properly and that can often cause the shingles to fail over time.
If you are looking for an experienced roofing company for an installation, or you simply have a question don't hesitate to call us. An expert will be standing by and be more than happy to help you out.