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Whether hiring a Longmont roofing company to install your new shingled roof or doing it yourself, shingle lifespan is an aspect you'll have to understand and make a decision about. If you've chosen asphalt shingle for your roof, then you'll have options ranging from 20 to 50 years.

The first thing that affects shingle lifespan is the material used in making them. Alternatives to asphalt include wood, slate and tile. Metal is also an option, but it's generally not used in a shingle format but rather in a larger sheet. It's worth noting that all of these alternatives tend to outlast asphalt, but they tend to be more expensive too or, in the case of metal, not nearly as attractive.

The second component to life expectancy is weight. The heavier a shingle is, the longer it'll last. However, heavier shingles are more expensive since they require more material to manufacture. In addition to cost, there are other factors in play, such as the optimal overall weight of the roof.

Life expectancy will also be affected by environment. If you live in a windy environment, for instance, your shingles won't last near as long as the expectancy rating. Other factors include heat and moisture. This is also a primary reason why shingled roofs tend to degrade unevenly. If you have an area of the house that receives more weathering than the rest, you may need to restore that section every several years.

The roofing contractor experts at Colorado Roof Toppers of Longmont CO can assist you with questions about flashing or industrial roofing.

The most common asphalt shingles are rated for 20, 25 and 30 years. In terms of cost, think of them as an economy option, a mid-range option and a high-end option. There are also 50-year shingles available, which are a luxury option that can provide long-term costs benefits in some scenarios.

Keep in mind, however, that an asphalt shingle is an asphalt shingle, and the difference here is usually one of weight and protective coatings. A reason why so many homeowners opt for 20- and 25-year shingles, and professional roofers recommend doing so, is because it's very difficult to predict the future when it comes to shingle roofs. Every homeowner needs to be aware that they may need to do it all over again in 15 years, regardless of their best efforts.

One of the newest products on the market is the asphalt shingle with a lifetime warranty. It sounds great in theory, but it's important to read the fine print. Often, the fine print will define lifetime at around 40 or so years. So lifetime shingles are often just 50-year shingles with added costs for the additional coverage. Furthermore, the fine print often limits that coverage to manufacturing defects not the wear and tear that homeowners are concerned with.

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