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How Long Is My Asphalt Roof Designed To Last?

Assuming you have or want an asphalt roof (A common sight in many neighborhoods), we want to help you keep it in great shape for as long as possible. Like any other type of roof, asphalt roofs require regular care and maintenance to remain in good condition.


But how can you know if you’re doing it right or if you’ll need a replacement sooner than expected? Stay with us and find out the things that are probably reducing your roof’s life so you can avoid them next time or be prepared for them.

How Long Can I Expect My Asphalt Roof to Last?

A properly installed asphalt roof can last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. That’s a pretty big range, so how can you make it thirty instead of fifteen? Well, that depends on many factors. You should beware of the things that will shorten the lifespan of your asphalt roof:

Exposure to the Elements

  • Ultraviolet rays from the sun can cause the asphalt to harden and become brittle
  • Excessive moisture can lead to the growth of mold and mildew
  • High winds can lift the asphalt shingles, causing them to peel away from the roof. 

Poor Installation

To properly install an asphalt roof, it is essential to ensure that the surface is level and free of debris. And the asphalt shingles must be laid down in a consistent pattern to create a seamless barrier against the elements. 

If any of these steps are not carried out correctly, it can dramatically reduce the lifespan of an asphalt roof.

Poor Maintenance

 If you neglect to maintain your roof, it will degrade, affecting its lifespan. 


  • When the granules that give the shingles their color due to weathering, your roof becomes more vulnerable to damage from the sun and wind.
  • Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up under the shingles, leading to premature deterioration.
  • Loose or missing shingles also create opportunities for water to enter the roof and cause damage.

Improper Ventilation

If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, the heat and moisture can damage your asphalt roof.


Without proper airflow, the temperature of the roofing materials can rise to levels that cause the asphalt to soften and the surface to deteriorate. The trapped heat can cause the shingles to brittle and break down prematurely. Make sure your attic has enough vents to allow air to circulate.

Get the Most Out of Your Asphalt Roof with Best Roofing and Construction

At Best Roofing and Construction, we want to give our customers not only the best service and quality but also the best life possible. For those who need a roof replacement or want to install a new asphalt roof, we got you covered!

But we don’t stop there. If you want to extend the life of your roof, we’re your guys too. Our roof washing service can remove dirt, grime, and moss from your roof, helping to restore its original appearance. It can also help prevent future damage by removing potential sources of rot or leaks, so now you have a roof that will protect even your future grandchildren!