Roof shingle warranties are always important to look out for, but many people confuse warranties as getting their damaged shingles replaced for free. However, this isn’t the case. A roof warranty and the lifespan of a roof are not the same.

For example, a 20-year warranty doesn’t necessarily mean your roof will need repairs in 20 years, and a lifetime warranty doesn’t guarantee a perfect roof for a lifetime. Here are some differences between a shingle lifespan and shingle warranty you should know:

Shingle Lifespan

Typically, the lifespan of a shingle lasts longer than what a warranty covers. The life expectancy of a shingle is influenced by several factors, but you can usually determine its average lifespan based off of its material.

Asphalt and fiberglass shingles have an average lifespan of 20 to 40 years, but many warranties only cover 15 or 25 years. Flat roofs like rubber roofing can last up to 50 years, but most manufacturers guarantee 10- to 15-year warranties. Wood, metal and stone shingles also have varying lifespans and should be researched before deciding what to buy.

Other factors that affect a roof’s lifespan include climate, installation, the color of the roof, slope of the roof, maintenance, attic ventilation and more.

Shingle Warranties 

To clear things up, shingle warranties come in two types: a product warranty and an installation warranty.

A product warranty is insured by the manufacturer and covers defects in the materials. If your roof starts to show early signs of wear and tear, a product warranty will cover that.

An installation warranty, on the other hand, is insured by the roofing contractor and covers workmanship errors when installing a roof. Sometimes the wrong people will install a roof incorrectly, and if your roof needs repairs because of it, an installation warranty will cover that.

Not all warranties are equal. While many contractors offer similar products, the quality of their work is different. Make sure you know who you’re buying from, what your warranty covers and how long it lasts.

Even lifetime warranties are not always what they seem. Some warranties do not cover the costs of labor or parts. Additionally, workmanship warranties are only good for as long as the contracting company stays in business. This is why it’s a good idea to have a product warranty that will also cover installation problems.

Different shingles require different year warranties. Discuss with your roofing contractor to determine your roof’s life expectancy and decide which warranty will provide you with the best protection.

The best way to prolong the life of your shingles is to look after it and maintain it. Take the time to look into what factors may shorten your shingle’s lifespan and what details are included in your roof’s warranty. Choosing a specialist who does high-quality work and understands these details is just as important. You don’t want to have to pay for work twice, so make finding a good warranty a priority.

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