A shingle roof is a type of roofing consisting of overlapping shingles. Shingles are flat pieces of asphalt, asphalt composite, clay, or wood layered to cover the roof. They are installed starting at the base of the roof up and overlap to provide maximum coverage and protection from the elements. There are several types of shingles, and almost all are made with an asphalt base mixed with other materials to give the shingle greater strength, durability, and longevity.
The cost of a shingle roof will depend on what type of shingle you choose but on average a shingle roof costs between $4,000-$5,500 for a 1,000 square foot roof, or $4 to $5.50 per square foot. While materials like clay tiles tend to cost more than asphalt, they provide longer-lasting resistance to the elements, resulting in a more cost-effective roof solution long-term.
The average lifespan of an asphalt roof shingle is between 15 and 30 years. The factors determining how long it lasts will be what kind of shingle it is, the weather and climate where you live, and how well the shingle was installed in the first place. If you choose high-quality shingles and only use qualified professional roofers, your shingles will last longer.
The average asphalt shingle roof will last between 15-30 years. As with individual shingles, the lifespan of your asphalt shingle roof depends on how well the roof was installed, the quality and materials of the shingles themselves, and the weather and climate where you live. In Southern California, well-installed quality roofs tend to last longer as the climate is milder than in other parts of the country.
While asphalt shingles are the country’s most popular roofing material, they have drawbacks. They do not last as long as other roofing options like metal roofs or clay tiles which often last twice as long. Shingles can also be damaged by high winds, which can be an issue if you live in an area prone to inclement weather. Asphalt shingles are not the most energy-efficient roofing material, with their asphalt base absorbing a lot of solar heat while not insulating the home as much as other materials.
The most common types of damage done to asphalt shingles include blistering, which happens when pockets of moisture build up below the shingles. Mold, mildew, and algae build up if the roof cannot dry properly. Curling and cracking can occur with age and generally mean it’s time to replace the shingles.