Warranty on shingles

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Warranty on shingles

I am getting some bids from roofing companies for a new roof (I am paying for it not the insurance company). One of the roofers has specified that there is a 25 year warranty on the 3 tab shingles and the architectural shingles have a lifetime warranty. I have a hard time believing that with any shingle, I would never need another roof.

Does lifetime warranty mean never needing a another roof in this case or does it mean something else in this case or is it completely inaccurate.
 
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Good morning Greg,
Since we are both up early (or up late) I'll say hi. I don't have an answer, but I'll be watching to see what our pros have to say. As you suspect, lifetime warranties can be tricky and there must be some related fine print.

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Old 09-15-15, 05:03 AM
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I'm not a roofer, but one of the things about lifetime warranties in general is the manufacturer wagering you won't still own the item when it fails. I've been a homeowner since 1983 and current home is our longest-owned @ 16 years.
 
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I got the architectural shingles with a 40 year warranty. It's been about 12 or more years and they still look like new. This is with sun almost all year.
I can see them lasting a very long time.
 
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Read the fine print on the warranty and you will find it full of holes. You will need to have the roof cleaned periodically and any needed repairs done as needed on your own dime. The roof will have to be installed to the letter of the manufacturer's instructions and they can almost always find an "out" due to misapplication.

Even if you qualify on all the points required you will only get new materials and the labor of tearing off and installing the new will be on you. Installers rarely warrant their work beyond a single year.
 

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Is the "lifetime" warranty stated in the mfgs offering or is the company enhancing it?

The true test of a warranty is in how the company handles it. If they want to find a way to avoid coverage, they can. If they want to find a way to take care of their customer, they also can. It is the ones with the good service that you look for.

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Good point on the materials vs labor, also true with a lot of warranties. Buy a used engine from a recycler and it fails? They'll give you another one, but you're still on the hook for the R&R. Not sure what % of a roof job is shingles vs the labor. Pros?
 
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Also if it's a pro-rated warranty the amount you save near the end of the warranty period often isn't worth the hassle of the claim. Even lifetime warranties have a pro-rated compensation scale.
 
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If you've had chicken pox as a child, then yes you are warranted to get shingles. Oh wait, wrong shingles.

I agree with the others that a 40 year warranty may be a very good product but just try to get coverage on the 39th year or any thing between. My neighbor bought a 40 year warranted roof. He moved the following year. The new people had to have the roof replaced within a year of moving in. The shingles were shot and the install was poor.
 
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I found out it is full replacement for the 1st 10 years and then pro rated after that. It is also transferable to the next owner
 
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