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Northern Kentucky Roofers: Article About Shingle's Useful Life

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In ideal conditions, asphalt shingles could last for 20 to 30 years. Depending on how long a homeowner plans to own his or her house, it could mean that after the shingles are installed, the roof will never need to be replaced again. However, there are many factors that determine how long shingles will last, and even if they're in good shape, yearly inspections may be necessary to ensure they stay that way.

Northern Kentucky roofers can look at the shingle as well as the roof deck and other roof components during an inspection to find any minor issues before they become major ones. If caught early, repairs could be limited to replacing a single shingle or a group of shingles instead of having to replace the entire roof.

One major factor that determines how long a shingle will last is how well it is made. If it is missing granules or is missing its nail guide line, it may be installed improperly or not be able to protect against sun, wind and rain.

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Fortunately, most defective shingles will be found and replaced before they go on the roof, so it is not very likely that a given roof will be topped by defective material.

Another factor that determines how long shingles will last is the weather that they may face on a daily basis. For the most part, this is out of a homeowner's control. There is nothing that a homeowner can do to prevent a rainy spring, a hot summer or snowy winter that brings damaging ice and moisture.

However, homeowners can keep their shingles in better condition by ensuring that there is sufficient ventilation in the attic space. This will help snow and ice melt evenly and roll away from the shingles instead of underneath them. Ensuring that the gutters are working properly can also promote proper melting and water flow during the cold winter months when ice dams are possible. If ice dams form, they can lead to damage to the roof and interior structures.

Finally, make sure not to walk on shingles because doing so can ruin the granules. In some cases, it may be possible to displace shingles by simply walking on top of the roof. If there are any known issues on a roof, it should only be handled by a professional who understands how to navigate the structure without causing damage or making existing problems worse for a homeowner.

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