Asphalt shingles are durable, but just like any other roofing material they age and suffer from everyday wear and tear. They will also suffer from weathering – the long-term effects of being exposed to various weather conditions.
While weathering is a natural process, it does cause your roofing shingles to lose their quality over time. And although “weathered” doesn’t automatically mean “damaged”, weathering will eventually damage your roof and necessitate repair or roof replacement.
Several factors are behind the aging process in asphalt shingles. These include:
This goes without saying. Better quality shingles resist weathering far more than poor quality shingles can.
High-pitched roofs shed water faster compared to low-pitched roofs. Because of this, they are able to resist water damage better than flat roofs. What’s more, higher-pitched roofs installed by roofing companies are able to deflect ultraviolet (UV) radiation better than flat roofs.
Climate is a major factor. The harsher the climate, the more damage a roof can sustain. Strong winds, heavy downpours and hail pound on your roof and cause your shingles to deteriorate faster.
Hot and cold temperatures affect your roof in different ways. If you live in a place where the temperature tends to change very quickly, your shingles will suffer from constant expansion and contraction and will age faster.
The location of your home also affects your roof. Homes facing south have roofs with shorter lifespans. This is due to frequent temperature changes (thermal cycling) and prolonged exposure to UV radiation.
The higher the elevation is the more UV damage your roof can sustain.
Brighter colored roofs reflect solar heat better than darker colored roofs and are thus able to resist its weathering effects better.
Proper maintenance helps prolong the lifespan of your roof. Without it, your asphalt roof will age faster.
Asphalt shingles will naturally weather and age over time. Should you need repairs or replacement, you can call on us at Treadlite Roofing. We are one of the leading roofing contractors in the region. Call us at (910) 527-1701, or fill out our online contact form to request a FREE estimate. Talk to us today!