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ROOFING INSPECTION & REPAIR
AMERICAN CEMWOOD ROOFING
BEST ROOFING PRACTICES
BUILT UP ROOFS
CATHEDRAL CEILING VENTILATION
CERTIFICATIONS for ROOFING CONTRACTORS
CHIMNEY FLASHING Mistakes & Leaks
COLD WEATHER ROOF TROUBLE
DECKS, ROOFTOP CONSTRUCTION
EPDM, RUBBER, PVC ROOFING
EXTRACTIVE BLEEDING on SHINGLES
FIRE RETARDANT PLYWOOD
FLASHING on BUILDINGS
FLAT ROOF MOISTURE & CONDENSATION
Green House or Solarium Roof Leaks
HEAT TAPES & CABLES on Roofs for Ice Dams
ROOF ICE DAM LEAKS
MASONITE WOODRUF FIBERBOARD ROOFING
NOISE CONTROL for ROOFS
PLASTIC ROOFING TYPES
PVC, EPDM, RUBBER ROOFING
ROOF ARCHITECTURAL STYLES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF CLEANING RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF COLOR RECOMMENDATIONS
ROOF DORMER TYPES - PHOTO GUIDE
ROOF INSPECTION SAFETY & LIMITS
ROOF JOB PROBLEMS, RESOLVING
ROOF LEAK DIAGNOSIS & REPAIR
ROOF NOISE TRANSMISSION
ROOF REPLACEMENT SNAFUs
ROOFING FELT UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS
ROOFING MATERIALS, Age, Types
ROOFING TILE SHAPES & PROFILES
ROOFING UNDERLAYMENT BEST PRACTICES
SADDLE CONSTRUCTION at CHIMNEYS
SNOW GUARDS & SNOW BRAKES
STANDARDS for ROOFING
STRESS SKIN INSULATED PANELS
TEST LABS - ROOF SHINGLE
TREES & SHRUBS, TRIM OFF BUILDING
TRUSSES, Floor & Roof
UNDERLAYMENT REQUIREMENTS on ROOFS
VENTILATION in BUILDINGS
WALK-ON ROOF SURFACES
WARRANTIES for ROOF SHINGLES
WORKMANSHIP & ROOF DAMAGE
This document describes most of the factors which determine the life expectancy of an asphalt shingle roof - "roofing shingle wear factors". These wear factors affect most asphalt roof shingle types, whether organic felt based or fiberglass fabric based, and whether the shingle type is "cutout" or three-tab, strip-type, or a laminate-type roof shingle.
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This article is part of our series on inspecting, diagnosing, installing and repairing Asphalt Roof Shingles which tells readers how to identify & explain the most-common asphalt roof shingle failures.
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By listing common causes of asphalt roof shingle failures and how to recognize them, building owners and roofing contractors may also be able to reduce the occurrence of asphalt roof shingle storage, handling, and installation errors that affect roof life. Readers are also invited contribute roof failure information to the web author for research purposes.
While the historical cost-performance of this product has been good in most cases, durability issues and wear-out or material failures occur earlier than expected in some situations. The expected life of a roof covering depends on many variables including:
Effects of Climate On Asphalt Shingles: Carl Cash asserts that the mean durability of
"20-year" shingles is less than 20 years everywhere in the U.S. except Alaska.
Cost Effectiveness of Asphalt Shingles:
Other roofing materials also are affected by thermal loading. Cash calculates that the life cycle cost of steep-slope roofing shows that asphalt shingles still provide the most economical performance for the home owner! ("Asphalt Shingle Performance," -- Carl Cash.)
Given these variables, it is not likely that a "20-year" shingle will expire exactly twenty years after it is installed. When a roof lasts longer than its promised life no one complains. If a roof needs replacement substantially sooner than its anticipated life, consumers are understandably concerned.
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