I’m a homeowner in the greater Vancouver, BC area. I need a new roof, and I’ve been consulting this forum over and over again during my decision-making process.
I have been leaning toward asphalt because metal, tile, slate, etc. cost so much more. I’ve done all my research and have decided on the manufacturer (Certainteed), the shingle type (Landmark TL), the underlayment (Roofer’s Select), the venting (Shingle Vent II), etc. I’ve opted for the TLs and all the other components and a Certainteed “Select Shingle” installer so I can take advantage of Certainteed’s top-level Five-Star warranty.
But I have a really serious question to ask. The roofers in my area (I’ve contacted only reputable roofers) and Certainteed itself (I called them yesterday) all tell me I should get an absolute minimum of 20 - 25 years and likely 30 or 40 or more from this asphalt roof setup. HOWEVER, the Internet is FILLED with resources that say the lifespan of an asphalt shingle, even the higher end shingles, is 10 or 15 years, max. They talk about class action lawsuits, massive granule loss, terrible esthetic problems, leaks, cracks, warps, and all sorts of nightmarish probabilities. And this isn’t just a few sites I’m talking about - just do a Google search using the words average + lifespan + asphalt + shingles and there’s no end to the depressing news. Many of these resources even say the manufacturers are aware of these issues and thusly offer warranties they can escape from when their shingles inevitably start falling apart after 10 or 12 years. And all this on a purprotedly “Lifetime” shingle.
Sorry to be so long-winded, but who am I to believe? Here in the Vancouver area, the roofing job I’ve selected will run me $15,000. That’s a lot of money. I can’t afford to spend it on a job that won’t do 20 or 25 years. Conversely, metal or tile or slate or rubber will all run me in excess of $25,000.
Is there anywhere I can turn, or can any of you help me? I just want to know what to believe. This job will have good components, more-than-adequate ventilation, and a contractor who knows what he’s doing. But none of that matters if in ten or twelve years it’s falling apart and the warranty, through fancy language and small print I can barely understand, doesn’t cover it.
Thanks so much in advance for listening. We’re just getting into the rainy season here, and I absolutely must replace my crumbling 18-year-old cedar roof ASAP.