Since I moved in to new home in 2004, we have had roof shingle problems
every year. First year some blew off, many loose. Since then we have had
loose shingles everytime there is a storm. Yet the winds are not that high
in my opinion, say 40mph gusts.
Today, we had a storm and now I can see a dozen or so loose shingles
flapping up and down. Last year I was told it was last time they would
repair the shingles on my roof. The forman and all but said the shingles are
a bad batch as the same is happening to other homes where the roofs were put
up around the same time as mine. So should I push for a complete new roof?
might want to see how much it would cost to have the whole thing done
with seamed steel... end your roof problems forever... (there's a reason
you see so many houses in rural/hilly/windy areas with steel roofs...)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
How odes it compare price wise? When I looked into a steel roof, it was 3X
the cost of a 30 year shingle but expected to last 50 years. I doubt I'm
going to last 50 years so I did not buy it as it was not cost effective.
Maybe times have changed on prices?
I found the receipt for the garage roof while going through some of the
papers the POs left and it was under $5K I think. (garage is almost as
big as my admittedly small house...) granted this was over a decade ago,
but still. a couple extra kilobucks for peace of mind is worth it, and
I hate getting up on a roof.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I got screwed by Certainteed. When I
put a new roof on my house, it looked
good, however, I did notice a lot of the
"roof grit" in the gutters and not just
from the beginning. It continues for
years until the shingles just started
up and breaking. Others in the
neighborhood had the same problem with the
Certainteed Horizon shingle.
Certainteed admitted the problem, however,
only offered to pay prorated cost of
shingles. In my case, I needed a tear off
as the Certainteed shingles were already
the 2nd roof. It was going
to cost me $5K but Certainteed only
offered $500. I joined the class action
suite group, however, as I was selling
the house, I had to back out. See, the
sharp Certainteed lawyers convinced
everyone to allow ONLY original
owners in the Class. Certainteed
quickly gave me a $500 check. I think they
saw the writing on the wall. The suite,
to my knowledge, is not yet settled, but
I here they were real close to an out of
court settlement. I don't know what
this means to the home owners, however,
I know the lawyers will make a
killing. BTW, the roofer tearing off
the 2 roofs said that the Horizon shingles
basically fell off, but he had to work
read hard on the original 30 year old roof.
I would take somebody to court to re-do the roof. They must be defective
shingles or shoddy work installation or both. Get some written estimates
and opinions then hire a lawyer. Take pictures of the defects.
What does your warranty say? What did the manufacturer say when you
contacted them? 40mph is not a serious wind and you should be getting many
happy years of service from even a mediocre grade shingle. Keep at them.
Sounds like poor workmaship on shingle installer and/or El cheapo
shingles. Hope that is the only problem on your house. No warrany from
the builder or roofer? I have coated steel times on my roof. Good for
at least 50 years. Very wind proof, fire proof.
So the self sealing tabs never fused to the shingle below. Common
problem which can be solved with a can of roofing cement and a putty
knife and a few hours of somebody on their knees.
Roofing in the summer can be uncomfortably hot - I installed BLACK
shingles on the farmhouse where I worked as a teanager in AUGUST. It
was about 90F in the shade and 150 on the roof.
No problem with tab sealing or shingle cracking!!!!
Yes, because the foreman admitted that the shingles were defective,
meaning the home builder, roofing contractor, or shingle manufacturer
has to pay for a new roof, and quite possibly your home insurance
company will insist on one. Get something in writing saying the
shingles were made incorrectly, preferrably a technical bulletin by
the shingle maker. Any reputable builder, roofer, or shingle
manufacturer will provide this. Thoroughly photograph the roof, both
in its entirety and where shingles are loose or missing, and don't
remove any nails (but do photograph them with a ruler to show how far
they penetrated) Keep all shingles that have fallen off (evidence),
and don't separate such shingles if they came off in one piece. I
can't imagine even the worst 5 YO shingles blowing off in just 40 MPH
wings, especially since I've had 15-20 YO roofs, made with the
cheapest fiberglass-asphalt shingles that had turned brittle and lost
25-50% of their protective granules, withstand 60 MPH steady winds w/
100 MPH gusts and lose only some of their exposed tabs (cracked off).
On the other hand I've seen shingles that had been attached with nails
too short to penetrate the sheathing zipper off in one piece, and
stapled shingles usually detach with all their staples still
attached. Staples don't hold nearly as well as roofing nails, despite
making making twice as many piercings in the sheathing and having a
glue coating, and many municipalities in high-wind areas prohibit
them. Insist that any replacement roof be installed by a factory
authorized contractor and with 6 nails per shingle rather than the
Yes, but who are you going to go after? Could be both or manufacturers
or installers fault. My builder shorted on nails and even though I had
a one year warranty from him before shingles started blowing off, I had
to sue him. Builders are skillful and hiding behind corporations and
settlement brought no money.
Five year old roof in 40 mph wind? Means a crap installation. Even
with the cheapest material, the roof should not fly off. Do you know
who installed the roof? Product? I would start with a letter to the
builder, certified mail (you'd be surprised .. it makes a difference),
keeping it to the point and business-like. Indicate clearly the number
of shingles coming off, the conditions, how they were nailed. If he
doesn't get going and fix it, send a letter to the licensing authority.
In the shingles that have come off, how near the nailing line are the
nail hole? Did they tear through the edge of the shingle or did the
fasteners come off with them?
Sure you should demand a new roof. However getting it is another
story. Some states have a new home warranty requirement that covers
various significant defects for some number of years. Do you have
one? You can make your demand to the builder, but your chances
aren't good. You should also contact the manufacturer of the
shingles. Your next alternatives are to take the builder to small
claims court or to get enough other homeowners with the same problem
to make it worthwhile to hire an attorney.
As someone else pointed out, if staples were used, they can be less
reliable than nails. I saw this happen at a condo complex across
from where I lived. In a heavy windstorm, our complex had minor
shingle damage. The other place, they sustained major damage, with
whole sections blown off. Theirs were stapled, ours were nailed.
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