Enhancing the Longevity of Asphalt Roofs: Factors to Consider


Asphalt shingles are renowned for their affordability, versatility, and ease of installation, making them a popular roofing choice in Pennsylvania. However, homeowners often inquire about the lifespan of asphalt roof shingles. Discover the key factors that influence the longevity of asphalt roofs, alongside the exceptional performance of Owens Corning Duration® Series Shingles.

Typically, asphalt roof shingles have a lifespan of 15 to 25 years, as reflected in the manufacturer warranties. Nevertheless, the durability of your asphalt roof can be influenced by the following factors:

  • Material Quality: The quality of asphalt shingles varies, impacting their durability, granule adhesion, and resistance to weathering. Investing in high-quality shingles can extend your roof’s lifespan while reducing the need for repairs or premature replacement.
  • Roof Slope: The slope of your roof determines how efficiently it sheds water and debris. Steeper slopes facilitate faster runoff, reducing moisture exposure for the shingles. In contrast, flat roofs may retain water and experience accelerated wear.
  • Attic Insulation and Ventilation: Adequate insulation and ventilation in the attic are crucial for optimizing asphalt roof lifespan. Without proper airflow, heat and moisture can accumulate, leading to faster deterioration in summer and increased risk of ice dams in winter.
  • Installation Quality: Proper installation is essential for maximizing the longevity of your asphalt roof. Hiring experienced professionals or ensuring meticulous DIY installation can prevent issues like shingle buckling, curling, and premature failure.
  • Climate Considerations: Roofs in regions with high winds, heavy snowfall, or intense sunlight may have shorter lifespans compared to milder climates. Selecting asphalt shingles designed to withstand Pennsylvania’s weather conditions can help extend your roof’s life.
  • Shade vs. Sun Exposure: Asphalt shingles exposed to relentless sunlight may age faster due to UV radiation. Conversely, roofs shaded by trees may be more prone to algae growth and moisture damage.
  • Upkeep: Regular maintenance significantly contributes to prolonging the life of your asphalt roof. Cleaning gutters, removing debris, and promptly addressing minor repairs can prevent premature wear and tear.

Owens Corning Duration® Series Shingles

Owens Corning stands among the most reputable asphalt shingle manufacturers. Their Duration® Series Shingles come with a Limited Lifetime Warranty and are designed to last up to 50 years. These high-quality shingles feature enhanced triple-layer reinforcement in the nailing zone, superior wind resistance up to 130 mph, and a wide range of color and style options to enhance your home’s curb appeal.

Choose Forest Knoll Construction for Lasting Roofing Solutions

At Forest Knoll Construction, we understand the importance of a durable, long-lasting roof. That’s why we proudly install Owens Corning’s high-performance asphalt shingles. Alongside premium-quality roofing materials, our experienced roofers provide exceptional installation services to ensure an extended roof lifespan. To learn more about Owens Corning products and schedule a consultation for asphalt roof installation in the Greater Pittsburgh Area, contact us today at 412-932-3095.