St Louis Roofing: Article About Shingle Roof Lifespan
The best type of roof for a home is determined when the home is built. The building designers have to choose the roof materials based on the slope of the roof, and this choice affects the cost of the house. Cost is usually the driving factor in the choice of roofing cover, so most homes are built with asphalt shingle roofs, which offer the best combination of economy, durability and beauty of all the choices.
St Louis roofing contractors are experts in shingle roof tear downs and replacements because 80 percent of homes in North America have this type of cover. Another reason is that other types of roofs don't need to be replaced as often, and since there aren't as many of them, relatively few homeowners need this service. For example, slate, ceramic and wood tiles can last for hundreds of years, but each type has certain drawbacks that make it uncommon in American neighborhoods.
Slate and ceramic tiles are fire proof and durable, but they cost a lot more than wood or asphalt shingles. Wood shingles are attractive and long lasting, but because they pose a fire hazard, most neighborhoods have forbidden their use. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are one of the most fire resistant types of roofing cover, and when properly installed, good brands can last up to 80 years.
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Certified and factory trained roofers can offer warranties of up to 50 years on shingles that are combined with other roofing components made by the same manufacturer. Depending on the roofer's level of training and certification, the warranty may cover the cost of all replacement parts and labor or only a portion of the cost. However, even a trained, certified and licensed roofer may only be able to offer a limited warranty on shingles.
Unforeseen circumstances can cause roof damage that isn't covered by a warranty. If the house burns down due to faulty electrical wiring, a shingle company can't cover the cost of roof repairs because there is no way to design shingles that don't burn in a house fire. Other reasons a shingle company can't honor a warranty include improper installation and the use of components from different manufacturers. The only way to be absolutely sure a roof is fully covered is to get the Golden Pledge warranty from GAF Master Elite contractors. It covers 100 percent of the cost of replacement parts and labor and comes with a factory inspection to ensure that the home's wiring, insulation and other systems are in good condition.