Roof replacement time is not a time for procrastination. Roofing is the bane of most homeowners. It used to be that we could buy a roof and expect to get many years of wear out of it. Roofs today are different. Roofing today is a shell game played by unscrupulous shingle manufacturers and underhanded roofers.
Asphalt tiles used to live up to their promise. When a thirty or fourty year life was promised thirty or fourty years was delivered. Governments a few years ago became concerned about asbestos and began passing laws restricting its use. Asphalt shingles and asbestos were married until then. Asbestos gave roofing shingles their durability. Today paper is the main ingredient. They act just like wet newspaper when they dry out.
Asphalt roof manufacturers were forced to change the recipe of their shingles which they complied with. The problem came with the marketing of the new product. Roof manufacturers had to make a decision, to lie or not to lie, they chose the latter.
Asphalt roofing always came with a guarantee of approximate useful time. If shingles fell short by a couple of years there was little concern. The chances were that it wasn’t even the same homeowner owner that would have to deal with the problem. Roofing companies were the good guys under promising and over delivering.
When roofing ingredients changed their functional time went from thirty years to ten years or less. Purchasers of roofing shingles were sold the merchandise and asked to sign a warranty disclosure. The small print roofing manufacturers had put in their contracts now began to surface. All warranties were pro-rated leaving next to nothing to be claimed after eight to ten years. Now homeowners were facing roof replacement costs in the thousands of dollars every few years.
Not only did roofs need replacing every few years regardless of the warranty, half of the life they were on people’s homes they began to crack dry out and curl. Entire housing subdivisions built twelve years ago need roof replacement today. People had to start worrying about leaks and animal infestation years before replacing the actual roof.
Class action lawsuits began to pop up throughout North America which is the only substantial jurisdiction in the world that allows asphalt roofing shingles to be used. Asphalt roof manufacturers have faced and are facing today lawsuits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Some roofing lawsuits have been settled others are ongoing. Ridiculous warranty claims are still being made and so the circus will likely continue.
There are many reasons to seek alternatives to asphalt roof shingle the above is only one. Asphalt roof manufacturers were the manufacturers of their own competition. Without the lies and subterfuge the metal roofing industry would never have gotten off the ground. Today metal roofs having gone through their infancy and growing pains have begun producing products that are the only logical choice for discerning homeowners. Their warranties are the truth and they actually protect most people’s biggest investment.