Asphalt shingles have been used to cover roofs for many years. In fact, shingles are one of the most popular types of roofing that are used all over the world. Normally, under the best of conditions, asphalt shingles will last from 15 to 20 years before they need replaced. However, there are factors that can cause shingles to need replacing earlier than usual. These are some of the reasons that shingled roofs may not last as long as they are expected to.

The Quality of the Shingles

Just like almost any other product you can buy, shingles are available in a variety of different qualities. Of course, you can bargain shop and find shingles that are much lower priced than other brands.

However, shopping cheap may leave you with low quality shingles that do not last the full 15 to 20 years. In the long run, it may be best to purchase a higher quality that will last for many years.

The Pitch of the Roof

The pitch of the roof you are installing the shingles on can also affect how long the shingles will last. If the roof has a steep pitch, rain, snow and other debris will roll off easily. However, if you have a flat or very low pitched roof, the potentially damaging elements of the weather will lay on the roof and soak into the shingles. This can cause the shingles to begin to deteriorate more quickly. You may want to consider a different type of roofing if you are covering a flat roof.

The Climate of Your Location

The climate of the area your home is located in can also be a prime factor in how long the shingled roof will last. Frequent wind, rain or snow storms can be damaging to a shingled roof. If you live in a very hot climate, the strong heat from the sun can cause shingles to crack and break. An asphalt shingled roof does best on a home that is located in a mild climate where the weather is neither extremely hot nor extremely cold, wet and windy.

The Quality of the Installation

Regardless of the quality of the shingles, if they are not installed properly, they can loosen and fall off. Shingles must be secured tightly to the roof to ensure they stay in place for many years. Be sure to hire a roofer who has years of experience and a reputation of providing excellent service to other customers.

Another thing to remember is that the thicker the shingles are, the longer they will last. Be sure to choose high quality shingles and professional roofers to install them so your roof will remain strong and beautiful for many years to come.