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What you need to know about Shingle Roofing

Did you know that asphalt shingles are responsible for protecting 75% of American homes and are one of the most affordable roofing options available today? Asphalt shingle roofs are long-lasting and easy to maintain. If you are looking for roof repair or roof replacement professionals in Albuquerque, then look no further. Our professionals at Fiddler Roofing are proud to be among the top five Albuquerque roofers. Give our office a call today to schedule your next roof inspection.

How Long Do Asphalt Shingles Last?

Many factors can affect the longevity of shingle roofing. The type of shingle is one factor; at the top end, most manufacturers offer a heavier-weighted or designer style. Costlier styles can often deliver longer-lived roofs, but that does not mean that the more affordable options won’t deliver on lasting ability.

Three-tab shingles are the more commonly used shingle and typically cost the least. They are lightweight, flat, and uniform in appearance, fitting together side by side to create a durable roof that lasts 18-20 years.

Architectural and dimensional shingles are comprised of fiberglass, and asphalt, with other materials and minerals mixed in for added durability and the ability to stand up to harsher conditions. The overlapped shingles have a more designer appearance and the ability to mimic the look of higher-priced roofing materials. The average architectural or dimensional roof lasts 20-30 years, adding home value and curb appeal.

The climate is another critical factor in the life expectancy of your roof. In New Mexico, the intense ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun can cause shingles to deteriorate at an accelerated rate; seasonal temperature fluctuations and weather can negatively impact shingles, causing them to degrade prematurely. Homeowners in New Mexico frequently find asphalt shingle roofs require replacement every 12 to 15 years.


Proper maintenance is crucial to the longevity of your roof. Having a Fiddler Roofing professional conduct annual inspections and repairs of any minor issues before they get the chance to worsen will increase the lifespan of your roof. Our trained professionals guarantee the quality of every roofing installation.

Something to keep in mind when selecting shingles is that the ratings and warranties provided by the manufacturer do not necessarily indicate how long your roof will last. These warranties primarily cover defects in the products that can be traced to the manufacturing process.

What Are Some Signs That a Roof Is Failing?

A Fiddler Roofing professional can advise you on the overall condition of your roof and its expected remaining life. But things can happen in between professional inspections. Here are several signs that there may be a problem with your roof.

  • Leaks are often the first sign of a failing roof. Look for stains on the ceiling or dripping water. Roof leaks can be present long before you see them. Cracked, blistered, sagging, or peeling paint can indicate a roof leak. Bowing exterior walls can also be an indicator of a leak. If a leak has happened, mold or mildew may develop on insulation and drywall, causing odors.
  • Shingles that lose their granules leave the asphalt exposed to the elements, and it is the asphalt that is primarily responsible for making the shingle waterproof. Without a protective layer of granules, the asphalt can be easily damaged by sunlight and develop cracks that allow water to enter. It is common for asphalt shingles to shed excess granules during the first year or two. However, excessive granule loss can indicate that your shingles need to be replaced if your roof is older. Look for accumulations of granules in your gutters, around your foundation, and near your downspouts. You may also be able to identify degranulated shingles by the dark spots that indicate exposed patches of asphalt.
  • Cupped, blistered, curled, or cracked asphalt shingles are indications that the shingles are nearing the end of their life.
  •  Visible nails indicate the shingles have shrunk or may have been installed incorrectly. If this happens, precautions can be taken to seal around the nail to prevent water from entering. 
  • Shingles are missing. When shingles are new and correctly sealed, it takes quite a bit to dislodge them. As they age, they can be blown off by winds, especially if the shingles are cracked or broken.
  • Unexplained increases in your cooling and heating bills can signify a problem with your roof. If shingles crack or shrink, it becomes easier for air to move through your roof. Air leaks can also occur if the shingles are severely degranulated.

Give Fiddler Roofing a Call

At Fiddler Roofing, our roofing professionals deliver the highest professionalism and craftsmanship. We proudly offer shingle roofing from Owens Corning, available in an extensive range of colors and styles, including impact-resistant and designer styles. Contact us for more information.