Would you invest $10,000 today with a 10-12 year guarantee that the return on investment would be ZERO? Of course you wouldn’t, but yet homeowners by the hundreds of thousands annually line up to invest $10,000 for a new asphalt roof system. The nasty little industry secret is that initial investment may only be the front money that feeds a much greater problem. With a roof life cycle of 10-12 years (or less), and inflationary increases, that same roof when re-done after its life cycle is complete, will then cost just under $13,000….that’s $23,000 for a roof system that is guaranteed to fail again, and again.
Homeowners are tranquilized into believing that if a 30 or 40 year shingle is installed on their home, then that roof will last the advertised number of years. However, today’s shingles are completely different than an asphalt shingle of 20 years ago. With the high cost of petroleum based products, a shingle today, is only comprised of 10-25% asphalt by weight. Even though less asphalt means a weaker performing shingle, (poor seal down rate) the manufacturer has made a business decision to save production costs and then substitutes a limestone “filler” into the product instead. The result is a curled, cracked product that has extremely limited life, and is the only product on your house that is guaranteed to fail.
If my “guaranteed to fail” theory sounds too good to be true, I challenge you to make your own observations. Take a drive around your neighborhood, or through your local community and pay special attention to the roofs of your neighbors and friends. You will see exactly what I am talking about; curled, and cracked shingles will stand out like a sore thumb. And, what you will be even more amazed at, is if possible, have a conversation with the homeowner, and find out how old the roof is.
Become an educated consumer. Don’t invest in a “Madoff-like” roofing scheme that is guaranteed to fail time and time again. Ask for and demand a permanent roofing solution.