Bodan Roofing

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Shingle Roofs

Asphalt shingles are currently the most popular type of residential roof material for a variety of reasons.  Things that determine cost are geographical location, slope of the roof, height of the building, ease of access to the premises, complexity of the project, the particular type of shingle and numerous other factors, though they are usually the least expensive option. Asphalt shingles are very simple to install enabling many roofing companies to complete the job in just a day or two. They come in a variety of colors and styles, are fairly durable (some have been tested and have achieved a class IV hail rating - the highest available!), and can be easily repaired and maintained.

     The main drawback to asphalt shingles is related to the service life. Asphalt roofing shingles are available in grades with an expected life of 20-50 years depending on the price. However, durability issues and wear-out or material failures occur earlier than expected in some situations. Also, shingles used in warmer climates will have a lower life expectancy, but these types of shingles generally come with 20+ year warranty. Keep in mind, however, that warranties are a marketing device and are not a reliable predictor of lifespan. To be on the safe side, it is wise to demand shingles that meet industry manufacturing standards.
Types of Shingles
  • Basic Three-Tab Shingle
  • No Cut Out Shingle
  • Dimensional Shingles
  • "T"-Lock or Interlocking Shingle
  • Angle-Lap Shingle
  • Many specialty shingles such as those imitating the appearance of cedar and slate roofing.
Warranty Information

     Shingle manufacturers provide product warranties against manufacturing defects ranging from twenty (20) to forty (50) years and beyond. The warranties will cover defects such as thermal splitting, some cases of granule loss, cupping, and curling. Labor is rarely included so if your roof materials fail, you'll have to pay a roofer to install the new shingles.

      Warranties rarely, if ever, cover what are known as "incidental and consequential" damages resulting from material failure. "Incidental and consequential" damages are those that occur to the interior of the building. If anything on the inside of the building gets damaged, you or your insurance company will have to pay for it. Warranties are also commonly prorated and non-transferable. This means that if you have twenty year shingles and they fail after ten years, you'll be reimbursed for half the cost of the materials. Non-transferable means that if you sell your house, the warranty will be voided.

     Shingle manufacturers will not warrant their products against "Acts of God or Nature" such as hurricanes, hail storms, severe winds usually in excess of 50 mph, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.  Nor will shingle manufacturers honor their material warranty if the products are improperly installed, if there is improper roof ventilation, if there is equipment installation or structural changes after roof completion, or if there is heavy foot traffic on or over the roof. For specific warranty information, ask us to provide a sample warranty of the materials we install.

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