Most homeowners dread the time to buy a new roof. The project is expensive, and it can disrupt your daily activities. Despite that, a new roof is necessary to protect your home and family. When thinking about your roof installation project, you must learn about the various roof warranties. If something goes wrong, you want to be assured that you are protected. Here are a few things you should know about these warranties.
The Standard Manufacturer’s Warranty
As you may have guessed, this is the standard warranty from the manufacturer. Some of the details will vary depending on the manufacturer and materials used in the project. Typically, you can expect the warranty to last for about 20 years. These warranties guarantee the materials’ longevity. If the roof needs to be repaired or replaced, the contract will cover a portion of the work.
You will want to read the warranty carefully. Most warranties will only cover the physical material but not labor. Basic warranties make you pay for that aspect of the job. These warranties might also excuse “acts of God” or poor installation. Many of these warranties will cover roofing problems related to defective materials. After that, you must pay for everything else.
In addition to that, standard warranties will use a prorating system. What does that mean? The dollar value of the materials will decrease over time. For example, if you have one year left on a 20-year warranty, this type of warranty will cover around 5% of the materials’ costs to replace or repair the roof. Some warranties are more generous in their prorating. You need to look over the documents to figure out your rate.
The Extended Manufacturer’s Warranty
What is the warranty on roof shingles? In most cases, that is covered under the standard manufacturer’s warranty. However, some manufacturers will take it further and offer an extended warranty. Most of the warranty covers the materials, but it extends parts of the coverage.
You might think that these warranties are free, but you will have to pay for the extra coverage in most cases. Extended warranties can increase the years of the coverage, with many of them extending that time to 50 years.
Standard warranties use prorating, but that requirement is often dropped with extended warranties. You can get the total dollar amount of the product until the end of the warranty. These warranties usually cover more than those defective materials.
The workmanship is often left out of standard warranty coverage. However, if a certified installer performs the work and something goes wrong, the extended warranty covers those costs.
These warranties can protect you against certain types of roof damage. For example, metal roofs can get dented in a hail storm. An extended warranty can cover some of those costs for repairs. Remember that not all extended warranties will cover the same materials or components. Before you purchase these warranties, make sure to read the fine print.
The last type of common warranty is known as the workmanship warranty. This warranty will not cover the material, but it focuses on the labor. You need quality materials and professional labor during installation for a longer-lasting roof. These warranties are just as important as a standard manufacturer’s warranty.
With this coverage, the contractor’s work is guaranteed. When there are issues with the installation, the warranty ensures that the contractor will resolve the problem. Since the issues occurred because of poor installation, the warranty will cover the time and material costs to fix the issue.
The contractor often offers workmanship warranties. For that reason, there can be a lot of variation in the coverage. A few warranties will provide you with lifetime support, while others may only last for a year. Many warranties use the same company to handle the repair and replacement. In a few situations, they may hire someone else to correct these problems.
These warranties can be a little confusing. To understand its coverage, you will want to read through the workmanship warranty’s paperwork. These warranties are also an excellent way to vet any potential contractors. If the roofing company is unwilling to stand behind the work, you may want to find someone else for the job.
Warranties Are Important
A roofing warranty can save you thousands of dollars in repairs or replacements. If something goes wrong, you are protected with that coverage. Remember that not all warranties are the same. Some cover materials, while others will include the workmanship. Along with that, you might have to pay for additional or extended coverage for your roof.
While you want a great warranty, you must find a roofer who will properly install the materials. Poor installation and shoddy workmanship lead to many problems, even if they are not apparent during the initial installation. You can avoid all of the warranty hassles by finding a reputable roofing company in the area. These professionals understand how to install the roof so that you don’t run into issues down the road.
That is why you need to rely on RGB Construction. Our experienced team will go over all the roofing options for you, including the warranty coverage. We want you to make an informed decision about your roof. We will provide your home with professional installation, maintenance, and repair services when you select us for your roofing project. Our company will work hard to keep you and your family protected. You can schedule a consultation by calling 856-264-9093.