I usually start with “well all the shingles have a lifetime warranty, what does that tell you”, that naturally leads to “you see the warranties aren’t actually worth anything”.
I then explain to them how even if there is a material failure that any warranty compensation will only cover a very small amount of the actual cost the rectify the issue.
Residential shingle warranties are extremely one sided in favor of the manufacturer, to the point of being almost worthless.
“You believe you will live forever and the people who make the products know less than you do.”
Well no that is not the case at all.
I firmly believe that the reason I don’t have any problems with any of my roofs is because I follow the manufacturer instructions, I actually exceed the manufacturer specs in most cases.
In contrast, there is a business model out there in that the least expensive materials are used in conjunction with the use of every short cut in existence to apply said roof as quickly as possible.
Am I to believe that a roof done in such a manner is just as good as a roof done with quality materials following the minimum manufacturer specs?
If I were to believe what salesmen push that would be the case.
I am speaking of “salesmen” in general as not all are unethical & deceptive, just the majority.
There is another business model out there in which the “salesman” is the only employee of a company, the labor is performed by the least expensive applicator(s) that can be found.
Am I to believe that roofs installed by such people is equivalent to one installed with quality materials following manufacturer specs?
It is a salesmans job to convince you that yes it is the same because of warranties.
You see Guru I have been in this business for close to 30 yrs also, I know how things work.
As far as what the manufacturers know, they just want to sell shingles in order to do this they condone high nailing and inferior techniques.
What is so great about residential roofing warranties?
Commercial warranties are an entirely different animal, they are actually worth it and a good thing to have.