There are several reasons why asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in the country. They’re durable, cost-effective and are suited to a wide range of climates. Of course, asphalt shingles aren’t immune to aging or damage from prolonged exposure to the elements. Fortunately, there are ways to extend the lifespan of your asphalt shingles.
In this post, the roofing contractors at Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc. share some tips on extending your asphalt shingle roof’s lifespan.
The Aging Process
The granules embedded in asphalt shingles help protect them from damaging ultraviolet rays. Over the course of a shingle’s lifespan, some granule loss is expected. However, as your shingle ages, granule loss gradually becomes more severe. Without these granules, your asphalt shingles are left vulnerable to UV and moisture damage.
Several factors can slow down the aging process. These include:
- Roof Color – The darker the shade of color, the more heat it absorbs. The more heat your roof absorbs, the greater the thermal shock it is subjected to. Thermal shock happens when repeated expansions and contractions brought about by abrupt temperature changes cause cracks to form on your shingles. The expansion-and-contraction cycle can eventually decrease your shingle roof’s life span.
- Roof Ventilation – Heat and moisture are a potent combination that can significantly damage your roof. Without adequate ventilation, hot, humid air is trapped in your roof’s underlayers, increasing the risk of mold formation and moisture damage.
- Gutter system – Gutters form part of your roof’s first line of defense against the elements. Gutters divert rainwater to the drains, ensuring it doesn’t spill onto your roof or exterior. To ensure water is properly diverted away from your roof, you need to make sure your gutters have enough capacity.
Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company, Inc., a company with over four decades of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roofing and gutter replacement services. To get a free estimate, call us at (785) 628-3614 or (785) 462-6642 or fill out this form . We serve homeowners in Hays, KS, as well as the surrounding communities.