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Do 30-Year Shingles Really Last 30 Years?

Do 30-Year Shingles Really Last 30 Years?


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How long do 30 year shingles really last?

There are numerous roofing materials on the market, and, much to the chagrin of homeowners, not all perform quite as advertised. Take the 30-year shingle as an example. 

While thicker than the traditional 3-tab (or 20-year) shingle, the reality is that a roof with 30-year shingles rarely lasts 30 years. More likely you can hope to get 25 years out of it – that is, if the roof is very well maintained. 

Here in Austin, our roofs take a beating and we ask them to do a lot – keep us dry, comfortable, protected and safe. All of that daily work comes at a cost. 

  • UV rays degrade the shingle material and cause increased granule loss. Over time, this leads the roof to become brittle. 
  • Rain, hail and wind can quickly damage an otherwise good structure.
  • Temperature shifts can also weaken your roof over time.

Admittedly it’s frustrating to think your roof will last a certain length of time and then it doesn’t, but it’s important to be informed when making decisions about your roof. 

At Storm Guard of SW Austin, we can help you understand your options for roof repair or replacement, as well as guide you through the process of selecting the right materials for your roof given our conditions here in Central Texas. 

We understand that roofing projects can be expensive, so we want to ensure that you have all the information you need to make the decision that’s right for your situation. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help you.