No matter how reputable a brand you choose and regardless of warranties, problems are likely to occur; Tamko shingles problems are no exception either. What is more important is to know who is responsible; the manufacturer or the installer.
Tamko shingles problems may occur regardless of whether you install it on your own or hire a contractor. Knowing the type of problems that may occur will go a long way in avoiding them if you are doing it on your own and also help while supervising a contractor’s work.
Tamko Shingles Problems
One of the Tamko shingles problems that people living far too north in cold climates come across is shingles butted too close together.
It is common for laminate shingles to curl in winters from being stacked from the factory in pallets. While it is important to consider outdoor temperatures, the temperature of the shingles has also to be considered before installation. If the shingles have been lying out in the open in the cold for long the problem of shingles butted too close together may occur. It is imperative that shingles are allowed to warm and reach a temperature of at least 45oF before they are nailed to the roof deck. The correct way to install shingles in winters is to let the shingles lay flat for some time in warm weather. The other solution is to use a minimum of six nails per shingle on the ones that are bent to ensure that they will not move when the temperature rises.
Ask any seasoned roofer and he will tell you that Tamko shingles problems are not an exception because there can be problems with every single shingles brand. GAF Elk and Tamko are among the best known brands and known for high quality products in whichever type of shingles they manufacture; laminated, asphalt, composite or metal.
Most of the Tamko shingles problems are found to be due to faulty installations. For example, many claims are filed after hail storms. Most such claims were unacceptable because it is found that incompetent roofers were nailing far above the nailing line and using only 2/3 nails per shingle. This does not allow shingles to seal down and it is no wonder that they were blown away.
Tamko Shingles Problems
It is not without reason that Tamko offers a 50-year limited warranty on practically all types of shingles made by them. The limited warranty covers the first 7 years against any manufacturing defect. It is anybody’s guess that 7 years is adequate time for a manufacturing defect to surface. Within the seven years, Tamko undertakes to replace material and indemnify the labor cost. The 50-year warranty covers only replacement provided the shingles have been installed properly and there is no case of negligence in maintenance such as allowing moss, leaves, needles and infestations to accumulate.
If installed properly, there should not be any Tamko shingles problems except of course, in very rare case of a manufacturing defect. The best way is to make sure that the installation is done properly; hire a certified contractor who knows how such Tamko shingles problems can be avoided.