Why Roofs Fail

Asphalt And Fiberglass Roofing Have Changed

All asphalt and fiberglass roofing materials will eventually fail. While many roofs in this area are damaged by wind, hailstorms and other acts of nature, even roofs that don’t succumb to the elements may not last their full warranty period. That’s because roofing material warranties are marketing devices, not exactly promises of durability. And not all materials and installers are the same.

Did you purchase a 30, 40 or even 50 year roof 10 or 15 years ago that’s failing now? Wonder what’s gone wrong?

Asphalt and fiberglass roofs come with warranties of 25 years or more, but shingles aren’t always made and installed like they used to be. Improper installation, poor ventilation and shingles that aren’t up to the quality standards they promote are now common.

That means millions are roofs that should still be fine are failing.

Manufacturers have tried to convince homeowners that shingles should weather, age and change in appearance through the years, but for many people, that isn’t good enough. If you want a roof that looks as good years from now as when it was first installed, you need to choose a reputable, experienced installer who has experience helping customers like you choose the right roofing solutions.

Shingles used to contain a large amount of oil or asphalt. Today’s shingles often have as little as 10 to 30 percent of these materials, and the balance is made up of fillers like limestone and other fine-grade materials like sand. That’s because oil prices have risen dramatically, but it has been necessary to keep shingle prices down as much as possible to satisfy customers. Plus, reduced product weight means lower shipping costs.

So what can you do? Some homeowners have become involved in class action lawsuits against shingle makers with varying degrees of success. And shingle makers have increased warranty periods to boost consumer confidence. But remember, these warranties are largely about marketing, not about how long the shingles will last. And warranties usually don’t include the cost of repairs related to failure or to reinstallation.

It’s cost prohibitive for companies to make shingles as they did 40 years ago, and lawsuits don’t really get you anywhere. The best way to defend your home and your valuable possessions is to turn to a reputable installer and choose a durable, long-lasting roofing material.

While some asphalt shingles are better than others, materials like slate, tile and metal are becoming more popular as homeowners like you realize that asphalt and fiberglass shingles simply aren’t what they used to be.

So which will it be for your home or business? At Cajun Home Improvements, we look forward to topping your home or business with just the right product for the look and durability you need. Please contact us at (985) 446-1703 to get the ball rolling.

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