To determine which roofing products provide the longest and best protection for homes, the experts at www.consumerreports.org tested more than 24 models of asphalt roof shingles, which is by far the most popular roofing material in America. They also tested 4 types of fake-slate roof shingles that convincingly mimic the real thing, as well as one metal product.
All the products were pulled and pounded for months to simulate extreme temperatures, high winds, falling branches, hail and everything else Mother Nature can dish out. They were also exposed to UV rays to imitate the fading effects of sunlight. After all this testing, the conclusion was that performance varies widely.
If your roof shingles are nearing the end of their life, here are a couple of things to bear in mind:
Layering - Think twice about it. When two layers are already in place, building codes usually require stripping down to the sheathing. Even though most roofs have the strength to hold two layers, some of the heavier laminated roof shingles placed on top of an existing layer could overstress rafters and other structural elements. Another reason complete removal is recommended is to detect any water damage, rot or insect infestations.
Check the Details - Most roof warranties include 100% reimbursement for installation and materials, but for a limited time. Usually, they don’t cover faulty installation or winds above 85 mph, so make sure to get a labor warranty from your installer. Save all invoices, receipts and a bundle of roof shingles for future repairs. Also make sure your new roof has the highest fire rating.
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