If you haven't replaced your Asphalt Roof in the last ten years you are in for a surprise!
You may be expecting to get 20 to 25 years out of a new asphalt roof but we've got some bad news for you. The asphalt content in today's shingles has fallen to an all-time low--and it's a simple equation - lower asphalt content equals lower quality. As a matter of fact the quality has gotten so bad that new shingles can begin curling, cupping and shedding granules in just one year--and the asphalt shingle industry is in a panic trying to figure out how to keep fooling you. That is why Stone coated Metal Roofs are soaring in popularity. We have had to add 3 more crews (4-man each) to keep up with stone coated steel roof demand.
Drive any neighborhood and look at the algae (black streaks) growing on them! It's not a fluke. Roofing companies had added a filler (limestone) that algae loves. It grows easily on the roof now because the asphalt content has been reduced and replaced with a cheap limestone filler. click here> watch
Do you really want a roof that looks bad and fails faster on your house?
Investment grade stone coated metal roofing, on the other hand, is impervious to the elements that often destroy asphalt roofing materials. So not only will you enjoy the increased durability of metal, but you'll gain the benefit of its eye catching beauty that wont fade or get ugly.
Take any Asphalt roofing mfg. and find and read the warranty! You will be amazed at how many ways they will never cover their product. Some warranties are 8-10 pages of "weasel clauses". One manufacturer even includes this message "A roof leak does not constitute a roof failure". Can you imagine a warranty that says that?
If you haven't replaced your Asphalt Roof in the last ten years you're in for a surprise.
Read what the experts have to say:
Bob Vila Says Buyers Beware
"When it comes to shingles, the drawbacks center on service life. While asphalt shingles come with warranties ranging from 20 to as long as 45 years, roofers and builders remain very skeptical of those warranties. Since warranties are a marketing device, they are not a reliable predictor of lifespan. In the past decade, there have been many complaints of asphalt shingle failure long before warranties expired. Many homeowners have been dissatisfied with warranty payouts that didn't cover all the costs of repair or replacement as well." - BOBVILA
Asphalt Shingle Manufacturers Say:
"Due to the severity of the roof environment, even a one year old roof may look different from a roof that was just installed. While you may have first noticed the cracks or blistering from the ladder as you were cleaning the gutters, please be mindful that these normal weathering characteristics may not be visible when you view your roof from your front lawn or driveway." - COPYRIGHT 1999 CERTAINTEED CORP. - THE LIFECYCLE OF YOUR ROOF
Roofing Consultants Say:
"The pressures placed on large, public companies to maintain profitability brought forward good old American ingenuity, reduce fiberglass mat weight (fibers were expensive) and increase filler content (limestone added ) (asphalt was too expensive)" - DWAIN BOUTON, PRESIDENT - CERTIFIED ROOFING CONSULTANT
Laboratory Testing Facilities Say:
"Failed shingles that we have tested contain approximately 30% asphalt by weight. New shingles contain less than 25%. This asphalt is mixed with sand and Limestone and then has granules embedded in it. There is no separate asphalt binder for the filler. What coating exists on the back of the shingle appears to have bled through the mat from the top side during manufacturing. No wonder shingles "weep" water after only a few years." - RICHARD TIPPET - APPLIED ROOFING TECHNOLOGY