Asphalt roof shingles have been used for roofing since 1901 and it rapidly became the most popular material for roofing. Even now, it’s the most common type of roof installed to cover homes. What makes asphalt roof shingles waterproof is, as the name suggests, asphalt. Often, these shingles were marketed by weight; the heavier the shingle, the higher the quality and more durable the shingle.

But as the price of crude oil, of which asphalt is a byproduct, started to become more expensive. And this led to manufacturers using less asphalt and more fillers in their shingles to reduce costs. This is why many asphalt roof shingles manufactured today are a lot lighter and thinner than they used to be. Some manufacturers are using more fillers, which really lower the quality of the roofing shingle. In fact, the shingles on your current roof may be better quality than many of the “Lifetime” shingles offered on the market today.

As a result, you may have noticed roofing manufacturers, or even roofing contractors, offer lifetime warranties on their shingles. If the pricing of shingles are going up, then having a longer warranty makes sense, right? Not exactly.

Reading the Fine Print

As a result, you may have noticed roofing manufacturers, or even roofing contractors, offer lifetime warranties on their shingles. If the pricing of shingles are going up, then having a longer warranty makes sense, right? Not exactly.

While a “Lifetime Warranty” sounds great, that’s merely the name of the warranty. To really know and understand what you’re actually getting from this warranty, you have to read the fine print. In fact, most of these warranties only cover manufacturing defects, which are very difficult to prove after 10 years from your installation. Furthermore, these warranties never cover the lifespan of your roof. Many of them also have clauses that limit the warranty for certain types of damage, and that’s only if you have a leak. No leak? Then no warranty.

Who Can You Trust?

It’s not always easy navigating through all the different roofing options and trying to figure out which one is going to be the best one for your home. That’s why it’s important to find a local roofing contractor you can trust; always make sure that your contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured.

At IBEX Roof, we care about our customers and want to deliver the best. That’s why we focus on educating our customers so that you know exactly what you’ll be getting…without any of the fine print. We are always happy to answer any of your roof-related questions. And, when it’s time for you to replace your roof, we offer a variety of options so you can choose what you think is best for your home.

To learn more about IBEX Roof’s services, call us today at 360-836-0535. Or, fill out our online form to get a free estimate for your next roofing project.

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