Shingles on a roof

How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Shingle Roof

Shingle is the oldest and most common of all roofing types and can be spotted on the majority of American homes. First used in the 1920s, shingle roofing has grown to become the roofing option of choice for many Americans.

Roofing shingles are easy to install, come at a good value, and durable enough to hold up over time. Their design means they can be easily installed on almost any roofing style or shape. Individual shingles can also be replaced if they become damaged or bent, helping your roof to last longer.

After a particularly bad winter, it’s not uncommon to have to replace a couple of loosened or lost shingles, and at the end of every summer it’s a good idea to give your roof a once over to ensure it is well protected for the seasons ahead.

What is the Lifespan of a Shingle Roof?

No matter how well you treat your roof, it won’t last forever. The lifespan of your shingle roof depends on a number of things, but they will all need to be replaced at some point.

Here’s a list of the most common types of shingle roofing and their respective lifespans:

  • Asphalt shingles: 15-20 years
  • Rubber shingles: 10-15 years
  • Fiberglass shingles: 20-40 years

What shortens a shingle roof’s lifespan?

Many factors can shorten the life of your shingle roof, and if you don’t take care of them quickly, you might end up with costly and irreparable damage to your roof. It’s a good to check out your roof a couple of times a year to make sure everything is in order.

To get the most out of your shingle roof, consider the following.


Curled Shingles

Your shingles can be curled for a number of reasons. If you see them curling, you should get an expert to look at your roof and determine the underlying problem. Failing to do so in a timely manner could lead to large scale structural issues with your home.


If you live somewhere warm like the Wilmington area, you’re better off choosing a lighter-colored roof. Dark colored shingles absorb more heat, which reduces their lifespan.


The higher the pitch (steepness) of your roof, the longer it should last. Steep roofs drain better, so your roof and shingles are less likely to suffer water damage.

If you’re worried about your roof and require an expert’s opinion on whether your roof is in good condition, call the experts at Atlantic Roofing Company. Whether you need someone to look over the condition of your shingles, replace or repair an area, or complete a new roofing installation give us a call or reach out to us online. We’ll be in touch to offer our advice and a free estimate on any services you might need.