Lifetime Shingles Warranty: A Basic ASR Guide

An interesting discussion popped up over here at our American Standard Roofing office. The topic: manufacturer lifetime shingles warranty. We decided to dive right into the finer details of it all for homeowners sake. Not everyone reads the fine print, but thankfully we have.

Lifetime Shingles Warranty

Understanding Lifetime Shingles Warranty:

We observed that following is mostly true for all asphalt entry level lifetime shingles warranty provided by manufacturers. These are some good points to have in mind next time you hear something about lifetime shingles warranty. Remember, not everything is as it seems.

It’s all about the fine print:

Fine Print

Lifetime shingles warranty offered by manufacturers is all about the fine print. Not all lifetime shingles warranty offered by different manufacturers is the same. And technically speaking they aren’t really for life either.

Not all lifetime shingles warranty is same:

Lifetime Warranty

There are many different manufacturers, styles and grades of asphalt shingles. There are just as many warranties. Not all manufacturers warranties are the same. This is true even for the same grade of shingle.

Lifetime shingles warranty only applies to single-family homes:

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It is important to note that a lifetime shingles warranty mostly only applies to single-family homes. With condominiums, apartments and commercial buildings the warranty period is usually reduced. The rest of the warranty terms however are the same.

Upfront full lifetime shingles warranty period:

Upfront Warranty

The upfront full lifetime shingles warranty usually lasts 10 years. It covers the materials and reasonable labor costs. It can be for repair or replacement of shingles which have been found to have manufacturer’s defects. If there is manufacturing defect in the shingle during upfront warranty period, manufacturer will pay the reasonable cost of replacing or recovering the shingles. The condition is that shingles have to be installed properly.

But here is the kicker: there are exclusions from coverage. These can be underlayments, metal work or flashings. Also manufacturers will not pay for the old roof to be torn off. That means homeowners pay for large removal and disposal expenses. After the upfront period is over, the warranties only cover the cost of the materials. This is prorated from the date of installation. So this means only a percentage of the material cost will be paid out if there is a defect. Not exactly an ideal situation for homeowners.

Installation of shingles:

Proper Shingles Installation for Lifetime Shingles Warranty

The shingles need to be installed strictly according to provided instructions. Something as small as using the wrong fastener can void the warranty. Some common exclusions to the lifetime shingles warranty can be

  1. Improper installation,
  2. Improper ventilation damage,
  3. Discoloration of shingles,
  4. Any damage other than normal wear and tear. Exclusions include hail, fire or any other natural calamity as well.

So in essence, the warranty starts to become very limited for homeowners.

Transfer of warranty:

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Some warranties are transferable when exchange of ownership of a house takes place. However as our experts pointed out, this is generally limited to first two years from the date of installation. On top of that, usually a written notice must be provided to the manufacturer. This notice typically has to be within 30 to 60 day of transfer of property ownership. That additional paperwork requirement adds extra work for homeowners.

Wind warranties for shingles:

Wind Warranty

Most shingles are warranted to not blow-off up to a certain wind speed. This is usually 110 MPH for most entry-level lifetime shingles warranty. The shingles must be installed according to the manufacturer’s specifications. They also need to have had a chance to properly seal together. This means if a roof was installed in cold weather, the wind warranty will not be valid until warm temperatures arrive and seal the shingles. In other words, there are many loopholes that manufacturer can jump through at the expense of homeowners.

Summary: Our Honest Analysis

So what does a lifetime warranty get really you? That is, if the roof was installed properly, was properly ventilated, was not affected by damage beyond normal wear and tear and you haven’t forgotten the manufacturer’s name by the time you need for warranty to kick in. See where we are going with that?

Our final and honest analysis is that big shingle manufacturers know their product. They know when the shingles will start failing. But they will not go out of the way to make claiming warranty easy. In short, our experts here at American Standard Roofing advise you to do the following:

  1. Hire roofing contractors who are professional and know what they are doing.
  2. Always use an established manufacturer when looking for shingles for your roof.
  3. Keep your warranty documents in a safe place.
  4. Have a reasonable expectation from how much reimbursement you might get in case you have to use your warranty.

We’re Roofing Experts!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

 

Perfect Gutter Guard System: Does it Exist?

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Gutter Guard System:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the gutter guard system. We hear the term “perfect gutter guard system” from customers all the time. We wanted to clear up the common misconception of how that a flawed premise. While different patterns and designs exist in the market, no single type of gutter guard system is perfect.

Gutter Guard Systems in Market:

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There are various types and kinds of gutter guards system available in the market today. That said, the concept of gutter protection is not new. Homeowners have seen debris getting collected in gutters for a long time. Because of this, gutters have almost become standard for every home. Consequently, this need increased the demand for gutters in the market. And where this is a need and demand, there is marketing to sell. And where there is marketing, smart homeowners know that there will always be some half-baked truths in the marketing slogans. Terms like “no maintenance required” are just that.

We Recommend Professionals for Gutters:

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American Standard Roofing has worked on almost every type of gutter and gutter guard system in existence. We have yet to witness a gutter or gutter guard system that was completely maintenance free. As with anything outside of your home, gutters need maintenance. We always recommend periodic maintenance for any gutter guard system. We advise that they be inspected, adjusted and kept an eye on.

What to Check?

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Below is a list of things our team advises to look out for:

  1. Oversized trees.
  2. Any protruding vegetation. That must be kept in check.
  3. Joints.
  4. Drains and outlets.
  5. Screens.
  6. Covers.
  7. Grates need to be examined as well.

All of these above mentioned things are important. They also need to be maintained in order for them to perform properly. Maintenance-free gutter and gutter guard system do not exist. That is a myth perpetuated by business marketing.

Product Fit for Home:

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Our team explains that cost, style and functionality vary with each product. In order to determine which product is best for homeowners, they have to see which one is the best fit for the home. The design, construction and composition of the guard is very important. So is the right balance between price and performance. It is up to homeowners to decide what they want.

Our Verdict:

Verdict

After all is said and done, we believe right balance is key. Market has several types of gutter protection systems that will assist in keeping your gutters clean. Homeowners however must realize that some maintenance will be necessary. A perfect gutter protection system – one that is completely maintenance free – simply does not exist.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have extensive experience with any gutter guard system in market today. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product, both labor and material. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Roof Insulation Importance: A Brief Overview by ASR

Roof Insulation Importance

Roof Insulation Importance:

In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss roof insulation importance. Most homeowners are not aware that 40% of both your cooling and heating costs are associated with roof insulation. This gives roof insulation importance a whole new meaning. Imagine almost half of your energy bills associated with roof insulation. Our team of experts discuss further. Here is a previous post on roofing insulation importance as well.

The Science Behind Insulation:

Mapping Heat Loss

Our team will discuss the science and physics behind the whole insulation process. This will help homeowners understand the importance of roof insulation.

Lack of Insulation: Winters

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In order to understand the importance of roof insulation, we must first understand the science behind it. Our team explains that warm air rises up as long as nothing is blocking it. In contrast, colder air will tend to drop. Now bring insulation into the equation as this highlights the importance of roof insulation. Now think of a roof without insulation. If a homeowner is heating a room, that heated air will go up and touch the ceiling. This will end up warming the ceiling. Without insulation, this warmth gets transferred through the ceiling, and outside the home.

Thermal Cycle Effect:

Thermal Cycle Effect

In addition, this loss of the heat results in the cooler air ‘dropping’ in the room. Consequently, you end up with a cycle of cold air dropping down and warm air going up. This is called thermal cycle effect. This will end in homeowners losing a lot of warmth. Homeowners will have to crank up their hearts and furnaces to keep a home warm. As our readers can see, this will end up with high energy bills.

Lack of Insulation: Summers

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Now consider the importance of roof insulation during summer times. During a hot day the roof space gets very hot. The ceiling and roof space will have a lot of hot air just sitting on top. This will result in everything being heated up. As the ceiling starts to get warm and starts making the air around it warm too. Air conditioners try to cool down rooms, but they are having to work extra hard now. With insulation in place, the outside heat will not get to the ceiling keeping the room temperature inside the home low. That is why our team insists on talking about importance of roof insulation throughout the year, not just winters.

What is The Solution?

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Our team advises mainly two solutions:

  1. Most importantly, get your roof insulated. Trust us when we say that it will pay-off in the long run.
  2. Properly inspect your doors and windows. We especially recommend those areas where you spend most time, like living room. Just make sure you have sufficient wind and natural element proofing.

CALL US FOR ALL YOUR INSULATION NEEDS!

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Here is the bottom line: Call us today. We can guide you about roof insulation importance and proper insulation benefits. We are great with installing insulation, and we have great specials going on right now! We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.

Shingle Blowoff: Quick Guide by ASR

Shingle Blowoff

Shingle Blowoff is Common:

Shingle blowoff is a very common phenomenon. In today’s post our team of experts here at American Standard Roofing will discuss shingle blowoff, and what to do if you see them lying everywhere but the roof. Like many Metro Detroit Michigan residents discovered this winter, wind is a very powerful force. Every year the storms blow in, and leave wreckage in their wake. Unfortunately, that wreckage sometimes includes shingles from your roof.

What To Do:

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If you wake up and see shingles all over your yard, the first thing to do is call a few roofers to get a couple of estimates, and have a tarp installed. The quicker you can do this, the better. The longer your home is exposed to the elements without adequate roofing, to more likely you are to have a leak and substantially more damage.

Get a Professional Opinion:

Expert Advice

Even though you might only see shingles blown off on the ground, there could be more damage that you can’t see from the ground. Hail can crack shingles and damage flashing for example, but you won’t be able to see that unless you are up on the roof. The best plan is to bring out a professional as soon as possible.

Was the Roof Installed Properly?

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When you have your contractor come out, ask them why the shingles blew off. Yes, high winds can lift shingles, but most shingles are rated for a wind speed of over 100 mph. If your shingles are blowing off at speeds less than 100 mph, it is likely that your roof was incorrectly installed or there are other issues present.

Technical Reasons for Shingle Blowoff:

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There are a couple of things that could be happening resulting in a shingle blowoff.

  1. Each shingle has a strip across the top of it where the nails have to be placed. If the roofer was lazy and landed a few nails off of the strip, then that shingle hasn’t been securely fastened. If they missed a few nails on the shingles that blew off, chances are that there are other shingles that weren’t secured properly and just didn’t happen to blow off during this storm.
  2. Each shingle also has an adhesive strip on the back that sticks to the shingle underneath it. If the person installing the roof wasn’t careful to keep these strips clean, or left the shingles exposed for too long prior to installation, then the roof might not have sealed properly. This would leave your shingles literally flapping in the wind.

Contact Your Insurance Company:

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Once you find out with the real issue is, it’s time to contact your insurance company. If the roof was improperly installed from the beginning, you are likely to have continuous problems with it. Depending on the age of your roof and how bad the installation is, it might be more cost effective to replace the entire roof.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We have seen our share of shingle blowoff scenarios. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Be sure to give us a call at (248) 350-2323 for all your roofing, siding and guttering needs.

Proper Attic Ventilation: Quick Overview For Homeowners

Proper Attic Ventilation

Proper Attic Ventilation:

In today’s post, our panel of experts here at American Standard Roofing discuss the importance of proper attic ventilation. Maintaining a proper attic ventilation system in your attic is essential for protecting the efficiency of your home and also for helping establish a comfortable living area. There needs to be a balance between the air intake and air exhaust near your roof edge. The combination between proper building insulation and purposeful flow of air is the most important component of a durable and energy efficient home.

Types of Damages That Can Occur:

Types of Damages

There are several types of damage that can result from improper ventilation. These are:

  1. Premature aging of your roofing system.
  2. Breaking wood framing.
  3. Damage to your exterior or interior paint.

Our team advises not to undermine the importance of proper attic ventilation. Do not assume that completely blocking the air out of your home is the best decision in the long term. This is a mistake homeowners often make when installing their insulation.

Types of Ventilation:

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There are different types of ventilation that you can consider:

1. Attic Fans:

These usually reduce the heat in your attic by bringing in cooler outside air from either soffits or gables and pushing hot air to the outside. You need to ensure that your attic doesn’t have blocked soffit vents and is well sealed from the remainder of your house. Otherwise you may witness that your attic fans suck conditioned air from your house and use your air conditioning to cool off your attic area, which is very costly and inefficient.

2. Rafter Vents:

Our team strongly advises to cover your attic floor and seal air leaks. They also ensure that the soffit vents are clear and there is room for outdoor air to move into the attic from the soffits and out through the gable or ridge vents. Installing rater vents is as simple as stapling them straight to the roof decking. They should be placed at the point where your ceiling reaches your floor.

3. Ridge Vents:

Ridge vents are usually installed at the top of a sloped roof and allow hot, humid air to escape a building’s attic. A well set up ridge vent will increase energy efficiency and prolong the life of your roof. There are generally two types of vents: metal ridge vents and shingle-over vents. To ensure that a ridge vent works according to your expectations, it needs to have proper intake of fresh cool air, and equal flow of exhaust. Before you begin installing ridge vents you need to remove cap shingles and any wood sheathing. Then you can proceed with the installation of the shingle or metal ridge vent.

Food for Thought:

Food for Thought

Keep in mind that proper ventilation is as important as good insulation of your home. Locating air leaks is as important as ensuring you have a good ventilation system in place. Leaking air is damaging both in the winter when warm air rises up and eventually escapes to your attic, as well as during the winter when cold air can be sucked from your attic. So make sure that you focus on both proper insulation and ventilation in order to increase your home efficiency and prevent any potential damage.

We’re Here For All Your Roofing Needs!

 

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We are certified and licensed roofing contractors. We also have over 36 years of experience in the industry. American Standard Roofing stands behind it’s work. Our reputation is important to us. We believe in never sacrificing quality for easy profits. We also stand behind our services for the lifetime of the product ,both labor and material. This is something not common-practice in this industry. That is why we are #1 metro Detroit roofers. Give us a call today at (248) 350-2323 to see how we can help you out.