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Old 2019-05-08, 11:01 AM
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Default What type of roof do I have

Is this the 15y shingles?

If so my home is 8 years old which means I could be just passed 50% life expectancy.
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Old 2019-05-08, 11:37 AM
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Very basic 3 tab shingles. Lowest quality and lowest price. Most builders have stopped using them now.

They are probably 20 year rated they so could start showing their age at any time. Keep an eye out for curling edges, and cracks in the surface. Different roof sections will age at different speeds.

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Old 2019-05-08, 12:18 PM
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thanks for the info. I will start putting money aside now for the replacement in that case. Hoping to get 5 more years on it.

When I built my home we used the architectural one. It looks so much better and apparently lasts longer. My dad was telling me the price difference was not significant so he does not get why builders are still using the cheap stuff. I guess a dollar is a dollar to them.

Can people make a claim (pro-rated) against the current shingle provider if lets say it does not last near their life expectancy date?

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Old 2019-05-08, 12:53 PM
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Yes you can file a warranty claim. There are so many conditions - most install related - that a settlement in your favor would be a tough battle. The amount would be low compared to total costs to replace existing shingles.

I dont know if shingle warranties transfer to new owners.
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Old 2019-05-08, 01:46 PM
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Good point. Normally warranties don't transfer. It will probably be a "fart in a windstorm" situation. Crossing my fingers I can get 15y out of my roof and not start to see any curling any time soon. The money just isn't there.
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Hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like you should get at least another 5 years or so. Once the curling starts though it progresses pretty quickly. Its probably a "20 year" shingle. Any warranty is likely for material only, and is usually pro-rated. You'd be lucky to get a few hundred bucks, if anything at all.

The price of architectural vs 3 tab is not much - usually only about 10-15% more for the material.

I don't think any builder is still using 3 tab today - all the warranty claims in probably ended up costing more than the few hundred dollars per saved.
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Thanks for the info. I will start putting 1000$ aside a year for roof replacement. At least I know what to expect now. I'M hoping for 7-8 years more however.
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Keep in mind that the shingles on south and west facing roof slopes will deteriorate first. In other words - a front east facing slope could look great and the rear west facing slope could be much worse.

As well, many builders use minimum standard attic ventilation standards which can contribute to premature shingle deterioration.

When your roof is eventually replaced count on installing new vents and maybe add a couple. Make sure the holes cut for the vents are the proper size.

Here in Milton Mattamy is still using these entry level shingles.
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Old 2019-05-09, 07:58 AM
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Yes I figure south will be the first side to deteriorate (back of my house).

I'm probably going to put the same product. I love the look (the colors). If I go with another product it might change the look.

Will they be able to match it exactly as is?
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3 tab do have a different look, that some prefer - they lie flatter and aren't as textured.

For resale alone however, I would go with architectural. I know Mattamy is using them on everything they're building in Ottawa now, along with any other new construction I can see. Even if you'll be selling long before you need to replace the shingles again, some buyers may be turned off
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