How long does a shingle roof last?


Your roofing shingles can last between 20 and 30 years depending on the materials you use for them. The shingles used and the products used to make them will have a major impact on how long they last. This can also impact the lifespan of your shingle types if you perform routine maintenance.

How long do roofing shingles last?

Different roofing shingles have different life expectancies. Most asphalt shingles last between 15 and 25 years if installed in a three-tab fashion. Asphalt roofing shingles that are more affordable will last between 10 and 20 years. Premium asphalt shingles, such as architectural or premium, can last up to 30 years. Coppice it and cedar shake, which are the highest-quality roofing shingles, can last around 30 years if properly maintained.

Roof shingles can show signs of wear. This early wear can be addressed to help preserve your roof’s structural integrity.


Cracks and missing materials in your roofing system can cause shingles to look weathered.

Heating and cooling

Expansion on your roofing systems can cause cracking or curling in your roofing shingles. Exposure to the sun over time can cause fading and can make your shingles appear older.

Your Roofing Shingles’ Age

Your roof will eventually become less effective at protecting your home. If your roof is approaching 20 years old, it might be worth shopping for new shingles.

Contact our staff to determine if it is time for your shingles to be replaced or repaired. Our staff can help you determine if it’s a good idea to replace or repair your roof shingles.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of, one of the best roofing companies in Saint Petersburg, FL! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978.  Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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