How Long Do Asphalt Shingle Roofs Last In The New Hampshire Area?
Asphalt shingle roofs remain the most popular choice for homeowners in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts because of their relatively low cost and easy maintenance. But these days, asphalt roofs face strong competition from alternative systems.
Metal roofs, especially, boast of extreme lifespans that standard 3-tab shingles can’t touch. Luckily, there have been changes in the asphalt shingle industry that lets you get a long lifespan while keeping the classic look of a tiled roof.
Modern Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles have been around since shortly after the turn of the last century. While some materials have changed, the basic form of the shingle hasn’t changed. There’s a backing material covered in asphalt, which is then covered with protective granules.
The shingles you grew up with are called 3-tab shingles and can still be installed on your home today, but they are slowly being phased out in favor of more advanced designs.
Architectural Shingles – Architectural shingles have at least two layers of tabs per sheet that are attached in a random pattern to give your roof a look with greater depth and shape.
Their advanced granule technology and more robust design help to raise the expected lifespan to 30 years on average.
Luxury Shingles – Luxury shingles can have up to three layers of tabs per sheet. This depth of pattern creates a dramatic look to your roof with deep shadows and powerful lines.
You can even get luxury shingles that convincingly mimic far more expensive roofing materials like slate tiles or wooden shake.
Most luxury shingles are guaranteed for 30 to 50 years, but some systems offer limited lifetime warranties.
The Super Shangle – An exclusive product of Certainteed, the Super Shangle starts with two full layers of base sheet then adds multiple layers of randomly placed tabs. This gives you virtually five layers of roof protection per shingle.
You also get the most impressive-looking roof this side of true slate tiles, but at a fraction of the price. Super Shangles also come with a limited lifetime warranty against defects.
The Key Element To Maintaining Your Asphalt Roof Lifespan
The single most important factor in a roof’s lifespan isn’t the material you use. While it’s true that the stronger the material, the longer the warranty, there’s one thing that can make or break your roof’s lifespan – the quality of the installation.
No matter how much you spend on your roofing material of choice, your roof will fail early if it isn’t installed properly. In truth, the more you spend, the more important it is that you use an experienced roofing contractor. That’s because the roofing systems get more complicated and the supporting materials more expensive as the shingle price goes up.
Many roofing companies will seek to save on cost by using inferior underlayments and supporting materials to lower their quotes. So what may sound like a great deal will turn into serious trouble down the road as your roof starts failing decades earlier than expected.
Then, when the manufacturer’s assessor takes a look at your problem and finds non-recommended materials under your fancy shingles, your lifetime warranty flies right out the window.
Protecting Your New Roof’s Asphalt Shingle Warranty
Step one for protecting your asphalt shingle warranty is picking the right roofing contractor. You want a contractor with a long history in the industry and, preferably, is a certified installer of the manufacturer you want to use for your new roof.
Certified installers are factory trained and required to use only the products and procedures recommended by the manufacturer. And when it comes to roofing systems, everything that goes into them has been researched for decades and designed to work perfectly together.
Mixing materials is just a disaster waiting to happen, but it’s more common than you’d like to think. So, choose your roofing contractor with care.
If your home in New Hampshire, Northern Massachusetts, or Southern Vermont has a roof that’s a little worse for wear, contact us at Jancewicz & Son for a free estimate. We’ve been at this since swing dance was all the rage, and we always warranty our work.