A new roof is a big investment and roofing material costs have steadily risen over the last decade. That makes the warranty that a roofing contractor offers more of a decision factor when gathering estimates for your next roof replacement.
It might surprise you what may or may not be covered on a roof warranty. That is why it is so important to do your due diligence and find out what the typical warranty will cover before your purchase a new roof system.
Most homeowners tend to focus on the length of the warranty, which is rarely the root of roofing malfunction issues. Often homeowners confuse a ’30 year warranty’ or ’50 year warranty’ product warranty with the workmanship or craftsmanship warranty offered by the roofing contractor. Manufacturer warranties vary – some cover just certain material, such as shingles, while others cover the entire system.
Manufacturer warranties are often tiered, offering coverage on the material versus the entire system and/or labor cost for repair. Most require the contractor to perform warranted repairs for the first few years after the install.
Most roofing contractor’s warranties cover workmanship, not materials. These are the warranties you are better served paying more attention to. The roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty is where the rubber meets the roof. If something goes wrong with the roof, the roofing contractor is the one you will call.
Not much can protect you from installation defects except for the workmanship or craftsmanship warranty. The warranty is only as good as the company backing it, so be sure to have a local reliable roofing contractor that has been in business for a long time and is a preferred installer of the roofing system you are purchasing.
Keep in mind the workmanship warranty offered by many roofing companies usually does not provide anywhere near the length of time as a manufacturer’s warranty. Another thing to ask is whether the warranty will transfer if you sell your home.
Warranties can be confusing, but it is vital that homeowners focus on them when weighing out all the factors in hiring a roofing contractor. Find a local roofer that will walk you through all your options so that you can make a well-informed decision on your next roof replacement.
Ferris Home Improvements is committed to offering the best quality products to our customers. As an Owens Corning® Certified Platinum Preferred Contractor, we not only offer our customers the industry’s top-of-the-line roofing products, but we also are able to offer our customers the full spectrum of available warranty options for these products as well.
It is important to select the product warranty that best fits your needs and budget. For this reason, we do not solely offer our customers the top dollar warranty; we offer three levels of warranties to fit YOUR needs