What is a Discontinued Shingle?

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Discontinued Shingle is something that might shock you… most shingles on roofs today are no longer being made! I know it is shocking but do not worry in this article I will break down how to identify these shingles and what to do if you need roof work done.

Manufacturer Consolidation

There was a big opportunity for the companies well positioned to gobble up the smaller competition. Naturally, when something like this happens you will have product lines from these companies that they stop manufacturing.

Well, when you are coming off of one of the biggest home-building times ever this means there are a LOT of homeowners that are left with a roof that can no longer be repaired to code due to discontinued shingles.

As a result, if you sustain damage to your shingles your contractor should be letting you know that any repair with a noncompatible product will void the warranty.

Technology Changes That Led to Discontinued Shingles

Just like anything else technology on your roof is constantly changing. Things may all look the same from the ground but the functionality that holds them together changes quickly. The manufacturers are constantly working on how to make the products they produce superior to their competition. This more than anything else is what drives them to change shingles and discontinue shingles that are outdated.

A famous example of this is the “Atlas Chalet” it was a shingle that was HOT. People wanted it badly and millions of people got it. However, there was an issue with the shingle. It was not made exactly like other shingles and whether it was poor installation or engineering, it was failing often. As a result, the change in technology was costing Atlas boatloads of money so they discontinued the product.

Code That Makes Discontinued Shingles Significant

In the state of Georgia, we follow the IBC (International Building Code). Meaning any code that is stated in this set of codes must be followed. At the same time, we are not in a “matching” or “line of sight” state. Meaning insurance companies do not owe for a whole roof just because the shingle color doesn’t match exactly. And that is what your adjuster will likely say when you bring up the discontinued shingle on your roof.

But have no fear, Big Time Roofing has studied the code and understands what it is saying to us. R904.2 Compatibility of materials- Roof assemblies shall be of materials that are compatible with each other and with the building or structure to which the materials are applied. This means if you have a product on your roof that is no longer made there is not a compatible shingle on the market today that can be used to repair your roof to code.

Not to do so is a violation of code R113.1 Unlawful Acts It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to erect, construct, alter, extend, repair, move, remove, demolish or occupy any building, structure, or equipment regulated by this code, or cause same to be done, in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code.

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    By Big Time Roof Team | Jun Mon, 2022| Roofing Advice