How Long Does a Shingle Roof Last?


“How long does a shingle roof last?” This may seem like an easy question with a clear-cut answer, but there are several variables to take into account when landing on the most reliable answer. This can depend on the type of shingles, quality of shingles, quality of workmanship, attention to maintenance, and thoroughness of the roofing system as a whole.

In short, the most basic answer is generally 15 – 20 years for asphalt shingles.

To expand, let’s explore the type and quality of shingles: At Eads Roofing, we take pride in most frequently using Owens Corning asphalt shingles because they include several advanced technologies that provide enhanced durability and longevity. These include:

·       WeatherGuard® Technology: This patented technology includes special material on the back of the shingles that allows the shingles to meet one of the industry’s highest classification for impact resistance—UL 2218-Class 4 Impact Resistance.*

·       SureNail® Technology: This unique shingle design provides outstanding strength and durability. It includes triple layer protection, outstanding grip, and exceptional wind resistance.*

·       StreakGuard™ Algae Resistance Protection: This protection inhibits the growth of blue-green algae to provide protection against the ugly black streaks it can cause (helping to lower maintenance needs).

In addition to shingle quality, be sure that you are using a reliable roofing company that you trust to install the roofing system properly. A quality roofing system includes a waterproof barrier, shingles (starter shingles, shingles, and hip & ridge shingles), and proper ventilation to optimize airflow.

If you take all these factors into account when choosing your roof and roofing company, you can be confident your asphalt shingle roof will last for decades to come.

*© 1996–2017 Owens Corning,

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