What If My New Shingles Don’t Match the Old Ones?

What If My New Shingles Don't Match the Old Ones?

You should know that if your new shingles do not match the old ones, your warranty will be void. This is because most roofing warranties only cover a whole roof replacement. However, you can choose a color that complements but contrasts the exterior elements of your home. You can also opt for a different style or brand of shingles.

Paint shingles to achieve a newer-looking roof.

Painting a roof can be a great way to give your home a fresh look. However, you’ll need to follow specific steps to ensure the job goes well and doesn’t cause any problems. First, you should clean the roof thoroughly and repair any damaged shingles. Once the cleaning and repair process is complete, you can paint the shingles. A white or light-colored roof can also help lower cooling costs during the summer months.

Fortunately, you can paint most of the shingles. However, having the right paint for your specific material would be best. Using the right paint will help ensure an even coat that won’t peel or crack.

It’s best to use 100% acrylic latex paint with a flat finish. Sides lower energy costs, it also adds aesthetic value to your home. Black asphalt shingles can drive up your energy bill. By painting the shingles a different color, you can extend the life of the roof and lower energy costs. However, ensure you use the proper paint for roofing so the paint doesn’t damage the roof.

If the shingles are already cracked, rotted, or deteriorated, consider patching them with composite material or plywood. This will create an even surface for new shingles. Also, consider replacing large sections of the shingle lath because large sections can crumble if moisture is present.

Mixing shingles from different brands or styles voids the warranty

Despite the claims of some roofing contractors, mixing shingles from different brands or styles will not void the warranty of your new roof. There are several reasons why. The first is that improper ventilation can cause shingles to have damage. When this occurs, the shingles will curl, crack and blister. Then, you will have to pay for repair costs.

You may have heard about a class action lawsuit against GAF, which manufactured and distributed asphalt and laminated shingles. This company has since suffered financial difficulties and filed for bankruptcy. The lender was left with a large inventory of finished shingles and other assets.

It is essential to keep the warranty in mind before mixing shingles from different brands. Often, homeowners are tempted to mix shingles from different brands and styles to save money. In addition to voiding the warranty, mixing shingles from different brands can lead to a home that looks unsightly and does not have an excellent aesthetic appeal.

If you are thinking about installing shingles yourself, remember that you can easily void your warranty if you are not an experienced contractor. The main reason is that incorrect installation will damage your roof’s structural integrity. The best way to avoid this is to hire a professional. However, if you are installing it yourself, you should always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer.

Although most warranties do not cover labor or material costs, many cover installation. For example, a warranty on architectural asphalt shingles will cover materials and labor costs. However, this does not cover the cost of tear-off and disposal. Furthermore, this warranty does not cover the cost of removing and disposing of a failed shingle.

Choosing a shingle color complements yet contrasts with your home’s exterior elements.

Choosing a shingle color that complements yet contrasts with your home’s aesthetic elements is an important design consideration. For example, consider using a variegated color scheme if your house is made of stonework and has a reddish tone. This will match the natural hues of the stonework and highlight its unique exterior features. Likewise, you can choose complementary colors to emphasize your favorite exterior elements.

The first step is determining which shingle color will complement your home’s style. Choosing a color that contrasts your home’s color palette will reduce the value of your home. You aim to choose a shingle color that will complement your home’s architecture while increasing its curb appeal. You can request individual shingle samples from your local roofing contractor or building center. You can even take a sample outside to check the color against your home’s exterior elements.

Consider the climate in your area. Different colors will look different in desert or tropical regions. Also, the amount of sunlight that reaches your home will determine the type of roofing material you select. The more sunny your neighborhood is, the bold colors will work.

Your home’s shape should also be a factor when choosing a shingle color. For instance, a home with many peaks and valleys can look completely different with a black roof. On the other hand, a home with a light gray or textured shingle can emphasize these architectural details and your house’s design.

Choosing the right shingle color is an excellent way to improve curb appeal and protect your house from inclement weather. The right color combination will boost your home’s curb appeal and increase its resale value. A home with good curb appeal sells 7 to 14 percent higher than a house with poor curb appeal.

Shingle color is one of the most critical components of your home’s exterior. It accounts for up to 40% of your home’s visible exterior. Therefore, choosing the right shingle color for your home is vital. Choosing a shingle color that contrasts but complements your home’s exterior elements will help increase your curb appeal.

Insurance coverage for a new roof

If a storm has hit you, and you need a new roof to replace your old one, you might wonder if your insurance company will cover the replacement. The insurance company can approve or deny your claim, and you have 15 days to appeal the decision.

Your insurance company will likely cover the new shingles, assuming they match the old ones. However, some insurance policies may not cover the new shingles if they don’t match the old ones. If unsure, work with a local roofing contractor and get samples to compare.

If the new shingles don’t match the old, your insurance carrier may require a complete roof replacement. This requirement may be imposed because the shingles were out of production or discontinued. It may also be because the shingles were damaged by wear and tear. It’s important to note that matching laws vary by state.

However, if your old shingles match the new ones, your insurance company will not cover the cost of a replacement roof. The replacement costs could be so high that the insurance company doesn’t cover the entire cost. Therefore, it’s crucial to work with a reputable contractor. The contractor will not pressure you into a claim just to get paid.

The current insurance commissioner in Georgia warns that HB 1310 could affect insurance rates in the state. A recent case in Florida has seen multiple rate increases attributed to the increase in roof claims. A new roof can cost more than $800,000.

Insurers have an edge regarding roof damage because they have departments dedicated to compiling data on the topic. This data includes information on how roofs perform, what causes damage, and which types of roofs are the most resistant to damage. With this accurate and up-to-date information, insurers can assess damage more accurately.

Most homeowners insurance policies won’t pay for a new roof if it’s over 20 years old, so it’s essential to have an updated copy of your policy. Your insurance agent can provide you with a copy. The type of coverage you need depends on your particular situation. Some policies pay only for repairs made to a damaged roof.

Kyle Houck


About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.

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