In this post we’re going to discuss some of the complications there could be for a homeowner who is trying to sell a home that has T-lock shingles on the roof.

T-lock shingles (seen in the video below) have been obsolete for about 14 years now, so it’s very difficult to just do a repair if you have some missing or damaged shingles.


This creates a potential problem for the buyers of your home because they may not be able to get adequate insurance, or any insurance at all if there are repair issues with the shingles.

Almost all major insurance companies have new policies that are more restrictive for T-lock shingles, which translates into the homeowner carrying much more liability for the cost of repairs or replacements, than for other shingle types. It may be that the insurance company a buyer wants to use doesn't even offer coverage for T-lock shingle roofs. 

When you list your home, it would be best to have a licensed and insured roofing contractor inspect your roof for any damage so you are aware of what obstacles may present themselves as you begin to get offers on your home. It’s better to be prepared for any objections before they occur as a result of the buyer’s home inspection report.

Whether you’re a homeowner who is trying to sell a home that has T-lock shingles on it, a home-buyer interested in a house with T-lock shingles, or a realtor who is on either side of a transaction involving a house that has T-lock shingles on it, you’ll definitely want to know what the condition of the roof is before any offers are made on the home. T-locks can definitely sabotage the sale of a perfectly good house.

Having given you all this bad news about T-locks, there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, too. I have inspected roofs with T-locks and found no damage and have even provided a 3 year roof certification for a roof with T-locks, so there is hope. If you need an evaluation of your roof, especially if these shingles are involved, please contact us for an inspection and roof evaluation report.

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