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Question DetailsAsked on 6/18/2015

How do prices/quality compare on lifetime shingles versus metal roofing

I have seen adds for lifetime, or 50years shingles which is about what metal roofs are designed to last even though they say lifetime as well.

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Cheap metal roofs can cost about the same or slightly more than a higher-end asphalt shingle roof, on up to 3-4 times as much for heavy duty commercial-weight roofing, which I definitely recommend if you are in a hurricane/tornado/heavy thunderstorm/heavy hail area.


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BTW on warranties - be sure to read what they mean by "lifetime" - does it include materials or materials and labor, only against specific defects or against weathering and wind and hail damage also, full replacement for "life" or prorated by age, for life of house or only as long as you (the original purchaser) own it, additional cost for lifetime warranty or not, etc.


I actually saw one warranty which said it was voided by any penetrations through the roofing material - meaning any vent cutouts or putting in the fastening screws coided the warranty ! So READ the fine print, and bear in mind the warranty is only as good as the company and as long as it is around.

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