Asphalt Shingles: Which One Lasts the Longest

Any roof is a big investment, and an asphalt shingle roof is no exception. So it’s worth looking for a type of shingle that will result in a long-lasting roof.

Luxury shingles, also known as premium shingles, last the longest. They are larger and thicker than other types of shingles, making them more durable. These shingles should last up to 30 years, with good weather conditions raising that number even further.
Luxury shingles are also the best-looking type of asphalt shingle. They look very similar to slate shingles, boosting your home’s curb appeal.
Of course, these benefits come with an increased price. It’s right in the name. While any roof is a big investment, luxury shingles are even more so.

Architectural shingles, also called dimensional shingles, are less durable and last 22-25 years in comparison. Architectural shingles are made to look similar to a wood shake roof. While not as high-quality as luxury shingles, this all comes at a lower cost that’s about half the amount of luxury shingles. Architectural shingles are currently the most common type of roofing material installed on roofs.

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3-tab shingles have the shortest lifespan of the lot, typically lasting for 16-22 years. 3-tab shingles used to dominate the market but were overtaken by dimensional shingles. 3-tab shingles lay flat on the roof and have the least appealing look, but they’re the cheapest type of asphalt roof. But, it’s worth noting that their price is only a small bit cheaper (about 15%) than dimensional shingles. As such, dimensional shingles are often the better investment with their longer lifespan and better looks.

Of course, shingles aren’t the only thing going into your roof. Other materials can affect the roof’s lifespan just as much as the shingles. Good underlayment is crucial to prevent damage to the decking. Bad roof vents will cause your roof to deteriorate and last less than half of the time it could otherwise.

If you’re looking for someone to put in a new roof, consider 1-OAK Roofing. We’re hard-working and reliable, with much experience over the years. We’re also fully insured and certified. With 1-OAK Roofing, your new roof is in good hands!

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