How long does an asphalt roof last in Northern VA?

Residential Asphalt Roofing - Helpful Tips   |   January 19, 2022

Asphalt Roof in Northern VA

Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material used and for good reason! They are cost-effective, fire-resistant, and an aesthetically pleasing product that combines beauty, durability and longevity.

When giving roof estimates to homeowners, one of the most common questions we are asked is, how long does an asphalt roof last in Northern VA? In this blog, we will answer this question.

How Long Does an Asphalt Roof Last in Northern VA

The two most common asphalt shingles are 3-tab and dimensional.

3-tab shingles generally come with a 25-year manufacturer warranty. Dimensional shingles come with a 30-year manufacturer warranty.

On average, you should get around 80-85% of the life span out of an asphalt roof. That means you can expect to get about 20-22 years out of your 3-tab shingle roof and 25-28 years out of your dimensional shingles.

There are several other factors that impact your asphalt roof’s lifespan:

Proper ventilation

If your attic isn’t properly ventilated, then the damage from the trapped hot and cold air will drastically shorten your asphalt roof’s life.

Using an experienced roofer

When your roof is installed properly, you’re going to get as close to the lifespan of your roofing materials as possible.


There’s nothing you can do about the weather but be sure to have your roof repaired if damage occurs due to a storm

The direction your home faces

The amount of direct sunlight your roof gets affects how long it’ll last.

Roof maintenance

It’s important to keep debris off the roof, out of the valleys, and off the gutter line. When you have annual roof maintenance the common roof problems are caught before they can cause too much damage.


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