Typical Lifespan of a Traditional Shingled Roof


Technology has improved the capability of manufacturers to improve the life span of today’s shingles with more asphalt, stronger matting, UV protection, algae resistance, better sealant strips, and higher wind resistant ratings. 

The most commonly used shingle in the past was the 3-tabs shingle which roughly have a lifespan of 15-20 years. 

Professional grade shingles are known as architectural shingles which is an industry leading standard today.  These styles of shingles offer a limited lifetime warranty and a one-time transferrable warranty upon the sale of a house. 

From a professional installer standpoint, the lifespan is only as good as the installer is at installing your roof.  That is why it is important to hire a professional contractor that not only is installing a name brand product but is offering an installation warranty as well.  The number one reason the lifespan of a product is voided is due to poor installation.  This will cause a manufacturer warranty to fault. 

There are more options than just the mentioned shingles above.  There are endless upgrades for a more designer look if desired. 

Signs You Need a New Roof

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A roof is more than just a roof. It is the first line of defense for you and your home.  It is one of the most important aspects of your house, protecting your valuables and family 365 days a year. 

The integrity of your roof can be compromised due to the severity of storms.  The obvious things to see are leaks and blown off shingles scattered debris your yard.  The not so obvious things are heavy winds damaging seals on shingles, hail impacting shingles, and granule loss that is collecting in your gutters.  All unseen damages to the untrained eye will cause pre-mature aging of a roof.  These are all things that a professional should be looking for which can be easy for a homeowner to overlook.

We encourage homeowners of two-story homes to call a professional for inspection.  A roof may appear to be easy to walk. However, with varying pitchs it’s important to follow the proper safety rules.  If you are unsure about climbing on your roof please call a professional to have the roof inspected. 

Frequently Asked Roofing Questions


1. Is there an ideal time to replace a roof?

Roofing can be installed year-round as long as the weather is permittable and is within the manufacturer's guidelines.  Some installers only install during warmer months while others might install year round. 

2. How long does the roof replacement take?

An average home project for a professional roofing crew will be 1 – 4 days depending on the scope of the project.  That does include prep, install, and cleanup time.   Job difficulty such as pitches, landscaping, and accessibility always play a factor in the efficiency of getting a job done.    

3. Are there any ideal roofing accessories?

Yes, there are.  A roofing professional will evaluate your home and where it is located.  For example, houses located inland vs. lakeshore and open lots (high wind areas) vs. wooded/shaded areas. 

Codes and common products are always evolving into better longevity for homeowners.  Key components are ice/water underlayment, cap masters for pipe boots (which is the #1 cause of leaks within the first 15 years of a new roof) and kick out flashing (J’d Out Kick Out Flashing) (which protects your side walls from water filtration which is the #1 cause of rotted side walls.)

Free Inspection Services

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Please take advantage of our professional free inspection services.  We are proud to announce the reopening of our Greenville Location on the corner of Sidney Rd and I91.  In April we will be opening our doors to the public! Our showroom showcases the latest in home exterior trends so homeowners can easily pick the products they love.   Keep in mind not only does American Classic do roofing we offer other exterior home upgrades such as siding, windows/doors, decking, gutters, etc. While we do install home exteriors we also can supply exterior products to builders and DIY homeowners at very competitive rates. 

Announcing American Classic's New Location

At the beginning of 2018 American Classic lost our Greenville loctaion to a fire.  The entire building was a loss.  We are thankful for the valor that all of the responders showed as they battled the blaze. 

Here is a snipit of what one of our owners, Nate Thompson had to say during an intervieW. 

"We want to stay in Greenville," Thompson said. "We want to stay here and work in this community. It's a great place to be."

 See what else Nate has to say about our future in Greenville. We are proud be part of such a strong rooted community.  Click HERE for a link to the video and article. 

We are excited to announce that we have a new location being established to operate out of right now.  We will still be in Greenville at the Corner of Sidney Rd. and M-91.  (8920 Sidney Rd, Greenville)

*Please note: Nathan's name is incorrect in the video & article.

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Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Home Show

The Grand Rapids Remodeling & New Homes Show is coming up soon. Check out this Sneak Peak of our showcase that will share all of the latest Home Exterior Trends. We'll be sharing some of the latest exterior trends all weekend.  As a bonus, we'll also be doing a drawing for a credit towards a home exterior renovation materials. 

Also, if your coming using the attached coupon at the door. You'll find us a the Devos Place January 12th - 14th. Hope to see you there!!

5 Michigan Winter Tips to Protect Your Home from Potential Damages

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As a homeowner, we hope you never find yourself singing, "I Will Survive" as you pray your home makes it through another Michigan winter. It's important to do some preventative maintenance and to know the warning signs that your home may need some TLC before the snow begins to blanket your roof.

1. Feeling Drafty - check your home for interior drafts. Here are the areas to check for drafts: doors, windows, attic hatches, crawl spaces, basement, etc.

   Top of your list should be your attic. Because heat rises you'll want to be sure your attic is secure and that you're not paying for the heat to escape up and out of the attic.

2. Remove Roof & Gutter Debris - Before the snow begins to fall it's important to be sure that your overhangs haven't collected leaf debris and gutters aren't clogged with leaves. Most important is that the gutters & downspouts are clear of debris so that as the ice melts the water will drain properly. Clogged gutters will lead to ice damming. Ice dams will keep consistent moisture around your home. Standing water can potentially damage your home's siding and/or foundation.

3. Prevent Ice Dams - Large masses of ice can form at the edge of your roof creating an ice dam. An ice dam will prevent any melting snow from draining off of the roof properly. On occasion, ice dams can be tricky to see. However, it is important to know what to look for to prevent water damage to your home.

   Ice dams can be identified by large icicles or by water running down the house. However, if you have a steeper roof or skylights an ice dam may be difficult to see. Keep in mind walking your roof can be dangerous. If you don't feel comfortable be sure to contact a contractor to identify any potential issues for you.

   **Important Note** Removing ice dams can be a tricky job even for a skilled roofing technician. Attempting to remove them yourself can be dangerous and can cause damage to your roof. If you think you have an ice dam, American Classic can help. Our crews can identify ice dams, carefully remove them, repair any damages that may have occurred, and protect your home from future damages.

4. Don't BEAT the Heat... KEEP the Heat - Be sure that you have a good amount of evenly distributed insulation. Insulation aids in keeping your home warm where you need it. It also stops the transportation of heat to under your shingles where it will help reduce the formation of ice dams.

5. Removing Snow - We've all seen the crazy pictures of homeowners on their roofs with a snow blower to remove snow build up. While we don't recommend you haul your snow blower on your roof we do recommend you remove any excess snow accumulation. Removing the snow will help prevent ice dams and damage to your roof.

   To know when to remove snow from your roof, we use the following Rule of Thumb: Rake it every 6 inches or so of snowfall.

   **Warning** Never put any salt products on your roof. Salt will discolor your shingles.


We hope you have found these tips helpful. Should you have any questions or need any assistance with your home be sure to call American Classic. Our service technicians will be able to assist you with any questions you have regarding your home.

Stunning New Home in Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Mi - This beauty is about to be home to a Grand Rapids family and American Classic was blessed to have played a part in the project. The uniqueness of this home and beauty of the setting surround it are amazing. We wish the family well as they make memories in their new home.

"Home is where your story begin."

Our Crews installed the roof in CertainTeed's Landmark Shingle in Moire Black with black drip edge. The siding that we installed was Hardie's Pre-Finished Linen Panles and Revere's Vinyl Siding in Linen.

American Classic - Home is Where the Heart Is

Bailey, MI - American Classic is proud to be stationed in Bailey, MI & Greenville, MI and proud of our strong roots in our local communities. Our showrooms in both Bailey and Greenville boasts a beautiful set up to view the materials that we install on each home we work on (shingles, siding, stone, deck materials, doors, windows, all of the necessary accessories, and so much more). Contractors and homeowners can purchase any of these materials from our office.

Stop by and check us out. We look forward to welcoming you to our home! The below video highlights our location located on M37 in Bailey, MI.

Metal Roofing in Norton Shores, MI

All in a day's work!  American Classic's metal roofing installers are busy running all over Michigan installing beautiful accent metal roofing sections on new construction builds and remodels.   They get some amazing views like this one in Norton Shores.  American Classic installed Silver Metallic Striated Metal Roofing Panels.  Our Shingle Crew was here earlier and installed Certianteed's Landmark Shingles in Pewter with white drip edge.

Stay tuned the American Classic Siding Crew is hard at work getting the siding buttoned up on this beautiful new building!  We'll share pictures soon!

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We Offer Financing Solutions

We realize the dilemma that some of our customers can face when exterior work on your home creeps up unexpectedly.  After all, it's not every day you expect a leaky roof, wind storms, or other inconveniences.   It can put a pinch on your wallet.  Often the work needs to be done quickly to not prolong any further damages.  We are excited to be able to now offer our customers financing if needed.  Call us for further details or ask your professional sales associate.

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