Don't Get Ripped Off By A Shingle Warranty

If you’re not careful, a shingle warranty can leave you soaked. Shingle warranties usually only pay out when the shingles themselves are defective, and most shingle failures are due to improper installation. The shingles themselves are only 10-20% of a roofing job. Most of the costs are from labor. If your shingle warranty covers only the shingles themselves and not the warranty, the shingle warranty will only be worth a few hundred dollars. And watch out for prorated shingle warranties – their value may decline precipitously after the first few years. Learn more about shingle warranties and what to watch out at The Roofery.

Do Shingle Warranties Matter? [Roofery]

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  1. Klaus_Kinsky says:

    Kinda like your Midas muffler warranty…

  2. That’s why when you get an estimate for a new roof you make sure the contractor warranties the work that they do. Then it’s them on the line when something goes wrong.

  3. jaydez says:

    My parents had deffective shingles put on the house they built in 1985. Around 1995ish the defect notice was sent out by the company and my parents had the roof inspected. It turns out the shingles were really bad and so was most of the structure of the roof. The company provided the new shingles free of charge, however, my parents had to pay a contractor almost $5000 for the old one to be ripped off, the plywood underneath too be replaced, and the new one installed properly.

  4. atkruz789 says:

    @solareclipse2: That is what I got done with mine. They warrantied their work for 20 years, the shingles were 30. They have been in business for 50+ years already and they were close to the best price in town. How could I say no? This is good advice though.

  5. @solareclipse2:

    Good advice

  6. oneliketadow says:

    “If your shingle warranty covers only the shingles themselves and not the warranty, the shingle warranty will only be worth a few hundred dollars.”

    I think you meant, “If your shingle warranty covers only the shingles themselves and not the labor

  7. sean77 says:

    Most of the time, all that’s needed is a quick patch (a few shingles came loose due to weather, etc). No need for a warranty on that.

    If you have to replace the entire roof, someone screwed up… you should be talking to a lawyer or your insurance company.

  8. coren says:

    @oneliketadow: That was what I had in mind to comment on as well. The warranty covers the warranty?

    RECURSIVE WARRANTIES! *head explodes*

  9. oneliketadow says:

    @coren: That’s not a head exploder, it’s Best Buy’s 2009 strategy!

  10. Mike_ says:

    Ben, should we assume this is your entry in the “most instances of the word ‘shingle’ in a single shingle blog post” contest? Shingle, shingle, shingle. Shingle.

  11. mr mike says:

    Make sure anyone working on your house is Licensed/Bonded. And it doesn’t hurt to get the opinions of some of their past customers. You may even check the BBB website, or look on your local court records page and see how many people have sued them and for what.