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    Roofing Warranties Explained

    Roofing warranties are hard to explain. Over the last decade, they have become disconnected from reality. 

    30-year shingles have become 50-year shingles and roofing installers all over the country are complaining about the decrease in quality, not the increase. 

    Shingles are reportedly becoming lighter for many brands but warranties increasing. 

    Dmitry Lipinskiy speculates that asphalt shingle warranty got a jump not because of its connection to better products but as an attempt to compete with other roofing products on the market mainly metal and stone products. Most metal roofs have lifetime 50-year warranty products and we find it very reasonable. 

    Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about asphalt shingles which have an average life expectancy of about 18 to 25 years depending on region, product, and research. For example, asphalt shingles life expectancy in Minnesota is about 18 years. 

    Below are 5 key points to look in every roofing warranty

    Blow off coverage

    Very important. Lots of shingles offer 130 miles wind warranty but have blown off exclusions just after first few years.

    Transferability

    How much does it cost to transfer a “lifetime warranty”? Lifetime simply means they owe to it the person who bought the roof. It is not the statement that roof expected to last that period. 

    Non prorated and prorated coverage period

    This one will differ a lot. Some will give you 5 years not prorated and some will give you 15. After that, it drops like a rock. For example IKO entire liability for most products is tops at $40. Here is an example of a warranty.

    Algae warranty

    Very important or maybe even most important if you live next to big trees. Some will replace the entire roof and some will limit their liability to $15 per square. Best algae warranties coming from Atlas And Malarkey.

    Leaks VS performance coverage

    Understand what covers and when. Some manufacturers will not cover anything unless you have real leaks. Cosmetics are not included even if your roof is discolored and looks like it has been there for 20 years just after two years. 

    Conclusion

    Warranties are great and we need them but product is more important. Don’t go with best warranty, do your research and go with the best product. The best product will have the best coverage. Would you rather drive a reliable car with 60,000 miles warranty or shitty car with 80,000 miles warranty hoping it will be covered? You get the point. 

    Based on quality and warranties after reviewing hundreds of roofs every year we highly recommend top 3: Atlas, Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and also Malarkey roofing products stand out from the competition. 

    If I can give you one last tip it would be: read the fine print and don’t trust sales rep if you are not convinced with the presentation of the product or have your concerns!

    About Author: Dmitry is the owner of Storm Group Roofing, and host of Roofing Insights youtube channel: leading channel in roofing industry (the voice of roofing community).

    Dmitry Lipinskiy
    Host of Roofing Insights show Founder of DIY Ad Freaks Academy CEO at Storm Group

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