4 Factors Affecting the Lifespan of Your Asphalt Roof

When an asphalt shingle has a 30-year warranty, that means under ideal conditions it can last 30 years. Homeowners are often surprised to find their roof showing signs of deterioration prior to the end of that warranty. In today's blog, Above & Beyond Roofing discusses several factors that can affect the lifespan of your asphalt roof.

1. Installation

Even the best roofing materials can't do their job if they're not installed properly. Improper installation can significantly decrease the lifespan of your asphalt roof. A new roof is an expensive investment that you want to last as long as possible. That's why it's so important to hire a well-established, reputable roofer at the Lake of the Ozarks. Do some research and check references before hiring someone to install your roof. 

2. Weather

Depending on the climate you live in, the lifespan of an asphalt roof will differ. Here in Missouri, we experience a variety of different weather events. From rain and snow to hail and tornadoes, you never know what to expect. While asphalt shingles are built to withstand weather, taking proper care of your roof prior to and following severe weather events is key in increasing the length your roof will last. Rapid freeze and thaw cycles can result in granule loss and a decrease in the lifespan of your roof. Over exposure to sunlight can also cause your shingles to deteriorate more quickly. Luckily, this isn't typically an issue in Missouri.

3. Proper Maintenance 

The best way to ensure your roof lasts as long as it should is by performing proper maintenance. Simply put, take care of your roof and it will take care of you and your home. One of the easiest and most important steps in proper roof maintenance is to schedule a free roof inspection at the Lake of the Ozarks at least twice a year. In addition to taking care of minor repairs before they turn into bigger problems, there are other things you can do to increase the life of your roof, including cleaning your gutters and trimming back overhanging trees.

4. Ventilation

Proper roof ventilation is not only important for energy efficiency of your home, but is also key to increasing the lifespan of your roof. Air needs to flow freely through your attic in order to keep your roof from overheating and to keep moisture out of your home. During the summers, an improperly ventilated attic creates a hot roof deck that can damage shingles. During the winter, improper ventilation can contribute to the formation of ice dams. If you have a new roof installed by a professional, they'll be able to let you know if your attic and roof are properly ventilated.

For all your Lake of the Ozarks roofing needs, trust Above & Beyond Roofing! Our company has more than 100 years combined experience in the roofing industry, with the owner alone having 15+ years of experience. We pride ourselves on being locally owned and operated, being open 7 days a week and turning the average roofing job in one day. We provide high quality work, professional and personal service and competitive pricing. Call us today at 573-302-0354 to request a free roof inspection or a quote for your new roof!

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