A new roof will help determine the value of your home as well as offer curb appeal. Nationally, Realtor’s say that 40% or more of a home’s curb appeal is determined by the roof. So, deciding what type of shingle and who puts the shingles on are two very important choices. First you will want to look at your options for shingles. In 2011 the industry changed when GAF changed its architectural shingles to “Limited Lifetime” across the board. Prior to that change, architectural shingles came in a 30 year, 40 year and 50 year option. Now the “Limited Lifetime” is 50 years. The traditional 3 tab shingle has also changed a bit. You use to be able to choose between a 20, 25 and 30 year traditional 3 tab shingle. Now, most manufacturers have greatly reduced the colors available in the 20 year if they even manufacture them at all. The 25 year 3 tab shingle is the most available within the “traditional” realm. From there you have Limited Lifetime Designer Shingles. These offer a great deal of curb appeal and choice in style for the most discerning of homeowners.
Once you choose a shingle then you must look at what warranty is available. The 25 year shingle has a 5 year protection plan against material defects while the “Lifetime” shingle has a 10 year protection plan against material defects that includes material reimbursement for both material and labor to install. After the protection period, material ONLY is then pro-rated for the remainder 20 or 40 years of that shingle. The manufacturer’s warranty covers material defects. What about workmanship? What about the installer? That varies from roofing contractor state to state. However, one thing is constant and that is the best choice is to always choose a Factory Certified Roofing Contractor. These contractors are all heldto a higher standard and in order to achieve these designations they must meet a stringent criteria that suits the shingle manufacturer. Factory Certified Roofing Contractors can offer extended or upgraded warranties that the average roofer could not possible hope to offer. With GAF the Master Elite Certification is awarded to the top 3% of roofing contractors in the business. When looking for peace of mind, the top 3% of roofing contractors should put your mind at ease. Statistics show that 80% of roofing contractors nationwide are out of business in 5 years or less! When looking at who you should hire to take the top of your house off and install a new roofing system, look for Factory Certifications and the length of the Workmanship Warranty that is offered.