Consumer Reviews of Decra shingles
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Date created: 2016-10-11
Name: Deborah Page
"It rusts in 25 years"
I bought a Decra-tile roof for my San Diego home in 1988. The roof installer's warranty as the sole licensed Decra company in San Diego was 50 years. Decra's warranty was 25 years. The installer is out of business by 2008 when I first had rusting issues with the metal shingles. I was told by the Decra claims adjustor that it was easily fixed by putting glue and new gravel on the areas affected. I followed his instructions exactly. Now again in 2016, the rust is more pervasive and my claim has been denied by Decra. I paid more than 3x what an asphalt roof would have cost based on the glossy brochure and salesman's hype. I made a mistake, and I hope that you will learn from mine. Decra tile will rust, even in temperate San Diego, and when it does Decra will not stand behind the product.
Date created: 2016-09-16
Name: G. Fisher
Location: Columbia, TN. 38401
While I don't have any leaks (yet), I was happy with my Decra metal roof purchased through Erie Metal Roofing at first, it wasn't long before I started noticing dark spots appearing on the roof, now after owning the roof 8 years, there is so much mold and mildew on the roof, it looks worst than the 20-year-old asphalt roof that I originally had replaced. After calling and emailing about the problem, they suggest I mix bleach and simple green and spray the roof, I tried that on the flatter part of the roof that I could stand on and it did nothing. Is this really a solution that they really expect a homeowner to, climb on the roof and clean it every year. I bought this roof because of the 50 year warranty so I would not have to replace the roof again in my lifetime but it really distracts from the looks of the house and I feel lowers the value of the house. Worst mistake I ever made buying this roof.
Date created: 2016-09-13
Name: Rob Petersen
Location: Glen Arbor Michigan
"Decra Roof Shingle Review"
I'm sure if you have a simple box for a house that this will be a functional roof, but id you have lots of penetrations thru the roof, or a roof that sheds water on another roof then stay away from this product! I am in the process of repairing a Decra roof where the caulk cracked around skylights causing them to leak, having same issue along a wall, and where ice builds up on upper eve edge and falls on lower roof, the lower roof is destroyed from falling ice. My biggest complaint is there is no way to repair the field of a roof without completely removing the shingles above it to replace a shingle with a hole from a tree branch that fell, they need to do some research on how to make a more repair friendly product.
Date created: 2016-08-29
Name: Debra Reasoner
Location: Shakopee, MN
"I love my DECRA Roof - Under the warranty"
I have read all the reviews on this site before purchasing my roof. I find it funny that there are so many bad reviews - then when I looked I found multiple reviews by the same person on the negative. When reading these I see that the majority of the negative claims are due to installation. The Decra warranty on the website says it is a manufacturer's defect warranty. When I read that I realized that it was UP TO ME to check my contractors references and make sure he was able to install this product. I spent just as much time researching my contractor as I did the materials and man I am glad I did. No problems with my beautiful roof. SO happy I made the choice to overlook the over zealous complaints from people that could not put in the effort to qualify their contractor.
Date created: 2016-07-04
Name: Gary S
Location: Los Angeles, CA
"30 years and working well"
We bought our house 25 years ago and the Decra Tile roof had been placed on it about 5-10 years earlier. No leaks or problems the entire time. We do have a very simple roof. Installing solar panels on it 6 years ago was more expensive than if we had an asphalt roof.
Date created: 2016-06-28
Name: Bill Sanjuan
Location: Toronto Canada
"Decra Shingles still look brand new"
I installed a Decra Roof on my House fifteen years ago, and every year, friends and neighbours ask if I just had a new Roof installed. It still looks brand new, and I expect it will easily last my whole lifetime. I was a little surprised from some of the negative comments on such an excellent product,and I am going to offer some suggestions on the installation procedure. First of all, if at all possible, do not hire an asphalt shingler to install this product. This may sound a little strange, but you need someone closer to a Tin Knocker to do a proper job. A contractor that installs copper roofs,aluminum siding,soffit and facia,or even furnace ductwork, will have better technical skills to properly install this product. Second of all, do not strap over an old asphalt roof. Strip off all the old roof completely. Then the whole roof should be covered in weatherseal at the beginning of the installation. This way, all the new metal shingles will lie flat, and be evenly supported. This is not a roof that can be done properly in a day, even with ten guys. I installed mine by myself, and it took a month. The weatherseal can be done in an afternoon, and then you can continue installation over time, even with rain days in between. If you hire a contractor, and they do it in a day, that's an absolute guarantee they did it wrong. And third, and maybe the most important, is that the metal panels have to be properly locked together at every joint. This is where the Tin Knocking comes in. Think Copper Roof, Parliament Buildings. Walking on the joints will compromise the integrity of the water seal. When you install the roof, think like you're painting the floor of a room, and don't paint yourself into a corner. Plan your installation so you don't have to walk on it, as you build it. If you need to walk on the panels after installation, a 3/4 inch, 4ft. By 8ft. Sheet of plywood, laid gently on the roof, will spread your weight over a large area and will not damage the joint seals. So in summary, if installed properly, I believe this roof could easily last a hundred years, or more. I hope that I have been of some help to anyone who has installed the Decra Shingle, and has had problems. And also to anyone considering a new metal roof.
Date created: 2016-02-05
Name: Jerry Hermes
Location: San Diego, CA
"Very, very happy"
My Decra tile roof was installed thirty years ago in 1986, and today, in 2016, it looks just as good as it did then. I have never had any problems whosoever regarding anything. It was significantly more expensive than the customary replacement but was well worth the extra money, as it is, as I said, thirty (30) years, and it will likely outlast the 50-year warranty. The only negative now is that many solar panel installers won't do an install on this type of roof. Of course, who was thinking about solar electricity in 1986? Not me.
Date created: 2015-12-07
Name: S McGinn
"Zero stars -stay away from Decra"
Do not buy this product. My poor parents have been dealing with the aftermath and expense for 2 years now and only got the run around from the Decra people - this should not be on the market, they need to be sued and owe their customers new roofs plus money to repair damage done by leaks. Shame on them... Run away from this company. They try to blame it both on installers and on the underlying roof when it is clearly their product.
Date created: 2015-03-25
Name: Roy Throne
Location: Ada, Ok
Model: Canyon brown
When it was time to replace our shingles we talked to a local lumber yard for contact info, several contractors came and gave estimates. We liked the idea behind Decra and chose them and their contractor, Robert Miller. The first rain after installation we had several leaks, we contacted the contractor and he came out and said it was a flaw in a couple of the shingles. He came back after the rain cleared, a few days later and "replaced" the flawed shingles. Next rain again we had leaks. We called the contractor back several times and still we had leaks. The Decra contractor disappeared. I called Decra and they had a Mr. Stick, their trouble shooter, come look at the roof. He stated the contractor had installed the underlayment incorrectly and all we could do is caulk the seams. He charged me $300 for this bit of useless information. I have caulked every joint, repeatedly and still have leaks. Decra hasn't tried to help in any way. Their "customer service" is terrible. The Warranty is useless. It looks like Litigation is our next step.
Date created: 2015-03-16
Name: R. B. Graves
Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Model: Vintage Slate
"Would choose the same brand again"
I wanted my Decra shingles installation to be the last roofing job in my lifetime as I had faced a leaking asphalt shingle roof just months after major abdominal surgery. The roof has been in service for 10 years now and has been fully satisfactory. The original roof deck of 3/8" butt- joined plywood was showing early signs of sagging between the 24" spaced roof trusses. As a consequence, I added an additional layer of 5/8" tongue and groove roofing plywood over the 3/8", staggering the new sheets to cover the joins in the lower sheets, providing a very solid 1" roof deck. The screws used to install the metal shingles were hence very well anchored. Over the last 10 years the roof has faced the extremes of weather resulting from climatic change; very high winds that tore the asphalt shingles off my neighbor's roofs as well as very heavy rain- soaked snow loads. In addition, my next door neighbor had a house fire and I was happy that I had a fire resistant metal roof. The south-facing part of the roof looks as good as new after 10 years, with some signs of mold on the north face. I chose vintage slate to reduce the cooling load compared to the original black asphalt shingles and observed a reduction in peak attic temperature from 60c to 50c. Roof slope is 6/12 and faces an intense summer sun that is baking and curling my neighbor's asphalt shingles. I would choose the same brand again, while noting that a competent and conscientious installer is critical to overall success.