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How long should the Shingles on my Roof last on the Front Range of Colorado?

Because of all the wind storms and hail storms that we have here locally, shingle roofs can take a beating. Here are some tips that will help you get more years out of the shingles up on your roof.

Asphalt architectural shingles are the most popular and affordable roofing option for homeowners in Colorado. They offer an attractive and durable roofing solution that can withstand the harsh weather conditions that are common in the Front Range. However, many homeowners wonder just how long an architectural shingle roof will last on the Front Range, given the frequent wind and hail storms.

The lifespan of an architectural shingle roof depends on a variety of factors, including the quality and brand of the shingles, the installation expertise, and the overall climate over the years the shingles are up on the roof. On average, an architectural shingle roof can last anywhere from 15 to 25 years, but this lifespan can vary depending on the specific conditions of the Front Range.

One of the primary concerns for homeowners in Colorado is the frequent wind and hail storms.

Wind can cause damage to shingles by ripping them or lifting them up and breaking the seal that holds them in place. Hail, on the other hand, can cause dents and cracks in shingles, which can lead to leaks and other types of damage as your roof ages.

To combat these issues, many manufacturers have developed shingles specifically designed to withstand high winds and hail. These shingles are often referred to as Class 3 and Class 4 IR (impact-resistant) shingles and are rated by their ability to withstand impact from hailstones of various sizes and hardness. Homeowners in the Front Range may want to consider using these types of shingles to help protect their roof from damage. Unless a client requests a shingle other than a Class 4 or Class 3 shingle, we always recommend putting them on when a roof is being redone.

In addition to using impact-resistant shingles, homeowners can also take other steps to protect their roofs from wind and hail damage.

One important step is to ensure that the shingles are installed properly.

Shingles that are not properly installed or even were installed when it was too cold or in extreme weather conditions can be more susceptible to damage from wind and hail. Homeowners should work with a reputable roofing contractor who has experience installing architectural shingles up and down the Front Range.

Another important factor to consider is the climate on the Front Range.

Colorado has a semi-arid climate with hot summers and cold winters. This can cause significant temperature fluctuations, which can lead to the expansion and contraction of shingles. Over time, this can cause the shingles to crack and deteriorate. Especially if they have any previous damage. The slightest bit of damage can turn into an issue as they age and go through their expansion and contraction cycles.

To combat this issue, homeowners should choose shingles that are designed to withstand extreme temperatures. Many manufacturers offer shingles that are specifically designed for use in hot and cold climates. These shingles are often made from materials that can expand and contract without cracking or deteriorating. This is a newer shingle technology. Speak to your local Roofing expert for a recommendation.

Finally, it’s important for homeowners to maintain their roofs properly to ensure they last as long as possible.

Regular inspections and maintenance can help identify and address issues before they become more serious. Homeowners should also ensure that their gutters are clean and free from debris, as clogged gutters can cause water to back up under the shingles, leading to leaks and other types of damage.

Ensuring the longevity of your architectural shingle roof on the Front Range of Colorado requires some effort and attention.

Here are the 7 best things that homeowners can do to ensure that their roof has as long a lifespan as possible:

  1. Regular Inspections: Regular inspections every few years can be crucial to detect any damage, leaks or other issues. A professional inspection every 3 to 5 years is highly recommended to identify any issues before they become bigger and more expensive to fix. A good Roofing Contractor can spot a potential issue before it becomes a major issue.
  2. Clean Gutters: Clean gutters are very important for the health of your roof. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up, which can lead to leaks and ice damming and other types of damage if they are not maintained regularly. It is recommended to clean the gutters at least twice a year, especially in the fall after the leaves have fallen.
  3. Trim Trees: Overhanging branches can damage your roof, especially during high winds and storms. Trim any trees that are too close to your roof to avoid the risk of damage.
  4. Proper Ventilation: Proper ventilation is important to maintain the integrity of the shingle. Poor ventilation can cause unseen moisture buildup, which can lead to the growth of mold and mildew. We think of Colorado as having low humidity, but mold can still happen. Improper ventilation can also cause shingles to curl, harden and deteriorate faster. Make sure that your attic has proper ventilation to avoid these issues.
  5. Use High-Quality Materials: The quality of the shingles and other materials used during installation can greatly impact the lifespan of your roof. Always choose high-quality materials to ensure durability and longevity. We here at Denny’s Roofing NEVER skimp when it comes to the quality of the materials that we use when installing a new roof. It is just not worth the savings of a few bucks when the integrity of your Roof is at stake. The risk as your roof ages is just not worth it.
  6. Repair Storm Damage Promptly: If any damage is detected during inspection, it is important to repair it as soon as possible. Delaying repairs can lead to bigger and more expensive issues in the future. It’s also important to check on the areas of possible penetration on a roof when inspecting too. Reapplying caulking to seams and exposed nail heads can help ensure the integrity of your roof.
  7. Hire a Professional Contractor: A reputable roofing contractor with experience in installing and maintaining architectural shingle roofs in the Front Range can ensure that your roof is installed correctly and maintained properly. Work with a professional contractor like Denny’s Roofing to ensure that your roof is in good hands.

In summary, regular inspections, clean gutters, trimmed trees, proper ventilation, use of high-quality materials, prompt repairs, and working with a professional roofing contractor are some of the best things that homeowners can do to ensure that their architectural shingle roof lasts 15 to 25 years. With the proper care and attention, your roof can withstand the harsh weather conditions of the Front Range of Colorado and provide you with peace of mind for years to come.