Homeowners who are worried about how their roofs are doing in terms of quality will commonly check the roofing material warranty. If anything is likely to cause the whole roof to cave in, it would be the shingles. Shingles are supposed to last at least 20 years, but in some cases, you may be lucky to get 10 years out of them.
The manufacturer is supposed to guarantee the shingles against warping, splitting, and peeling. But if there are problems with the shingles, it is the homeowner who will be stuck with the bill, and the homeowner is the one who needs to pay for a new roof.
Shingles are not the only roofing material problem. Installing a roof involves a lot of other things that can go wrong. For example, if the shingles don’t fit right, they can start lifting and dropping. If it is cold outside, the nails that hold the shingles in place can contract and expand, pulling them loose. The nails can also come loose if the shingles get wet.
If the roof is exposed to sunlight, it can get hot and warp. If the roof gets wet, it will start to rot. And that’s just on the parts that are exposed.
What makes a roof good?
The first thing is the quality of the material. A good roof will be made out of quality materials that are made to last.
The next thing is the quality of the installation. A roof installation is the most important part of building a house. When the roof is installed properly, all the other problems are eliminated. Roofs can last 30 to 50 years if they are installed properly. But if the roof was installed a long time ago, there is a good chance that installation was poor.
If you’re going to check a roofing material warranty, don’t check only how long the roof lasts. The warranty should also include information about the quality of the materials.