How Long Do Roof Shingles Last?

Depending on the overall materials that you’re using for your shingles as well as the weather conditions in your area, most of your roofing shingles will last 20 to 30 years. Some of the main factors that can influence how long your roofing shingles will last include the shingles and the line of products that are used with the shingles. If you performed routine maintenance on your roof this can also play a factor in the overall lifespan of your shingle types.

How Long Do Roofing Shingles Last?

Different types of roofing shingles will have different lifespans and most types of asphalt shingles will last between 15 to 25 years if they are done in a three-tab style. Some of the more affordable types of asphalt roofing shingles will last an average of 10 to 20 years. Architectural or premium asphalt shingles can sometimes last between 20 to 30 years. At the top end of roofing shingles, coppice it and cedar shake traditionally lasts around 30 years if they are properly maintained.

There are some common signs of wear that occur with roofing shingles. Addressing this early wear and tear can help to preserve the overall structural integrity of your roof:


The look of weathering on your shingles can begin to appear with cracks or missing materials throughout the roofing system.

Heating And Cooling

Cracking and curling of your roofing shingles can also occur as a result of expansion on your roofing systems. Sun exposure over time can cause the fading of your shingles and it can make them appear much older.

The Age of Your Roofing Shingles

Your shingles will eventually lose the ability to protect your home and if your roof is starting to approach the age of 20+ years, it’s a good idea to consider shopping for new shingles.

If you’re trying to weigh whether or not it’s time for a quick repair or replacement on your shingles, contact our staff today. We can make an assessment on whether or not it could be a good time for you to replace or repair your shingles.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing, one of the best roofing companies in St Petersburg FL. Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. A Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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