A Comprehensive Guide on Roofing Warranties
Updated: Sep 29
A roof replacement project is a major investment. The cost of the work will include the materials that you will use, the roofing type, the contractor that you will work with, the project scope and the roofing warranty. The importance of your roofing warranty cannot be understated. After all, it removes the liability off your shoulders in case anything goes wrong with your roofing system.
However, there are a lot of things that are included in a roofing warranty. This can be overwhelming for some homeowners, especially if it’s their first time tackling a roof replacement project. It’s important for them to fully understand what’s going on with their roofing warranty.
What Kind of Material Coverage Do You Want?
There are primarily two kinds of warranties on the market, namely, material only and material and labor warranties. The material-only warranty covers the materials provided to you by the manufacturer. In turn, this protects you in case the products and materials installed on your roof have manufacturing defects that can lead to damage to your home. However, this doesn’t include coverage for faulty installation practices or damage caused by installation mistakes. If you have a material-only warranty, you’ll only be sent a patch-up repair kit to repair the damage on your roof.
This isn’t the case when you have a material and labor warranty. This warranty can be considered an upgrade to a material-only warranty since it includes coverage for the roofing system installation. For this warranty to be considered valid, the roof installation process must be accomplished by a licensed contractor and inspected by the manufacturer’s technical worker.
Since this is a comprehensive warranty, this means that you won’t have to answer for anything if you have a roof repair project that was caused by poor installation or material quality. When you’re working with a quality roofing company, you don’t have to worry about this since the contractors are trained to handle any roofing job you give to them. Remember that you’re securing coverage to keep yourself protected. Getting the proper kind of material coverage is one more way to achieve that goal.
What Kind of Cost Coverage Do You Need?
For this category, the cost coverage options include: original cost, prorated and the no dollar limit. If you choose the original cost warranty, this will allow the manufacturer to repair problems up to the total cost of the initial purchase as the threshold. If you have a prorated warranty, its value will start to decrease as time goes on, which is why it’s not a popular option among homeowners since it gives them the least sense of security.
Among these three options, the most favorable and popular one is the no dollar limit. This warranty is a great option since it isn’t prorated and gives you peace of mind knowing that your roofing manufacturer will cover all costs that pertain to your roof repair project. In turn, you also don’t have to worry about the quality of the replacement project or skimping out on it due to cost restrictions. You won’t even have to spend a dime, thanks to your no dollar limit warranty coverage.
Do You Need a Manufacturer or Contractor Warranty?
Most homeowners want a manufacturer’s warrant. But did you know that you can also get warranties from your roofing contractor? However, you should note that manufacturers’ warranties are more stable since they have the financial means to cover your repairs should you need them. You also need to factor in the stability and longevity of your roofing contractor.
To put it bluntly, there’s a higher chance that your roofing manufacturer will stay in business, more than your local contractor. However, this isn’t always the case. To be protected, you should always read through the warranty stipulations and coverage to find out which is the best fit for you. It’s a wise idea to ask for detailed information to determine the quality of the warranties offered by both parties.
Will Your Warranty Cover Your Roof’s Entire Lifespan?
Remember that roofing warranties won’t magically make your roof last longer than its expected lifespan, and each roofing system has its own specific service life. Before picking the roofing material for your home, you should ask your contractor to explain the basics of the warranty length as this will help you decide whether or not the warranty can match, or even exceed, your roof’s lifespan. Also, you should ask what kind of exclusions the warranty will have. It’s important to know what kind of damages will be covered, such as wind, hail, water and grease damage.
You should also check out the warranty’s maintenance package, even if it seems like a minor detail, since this will help you in the long run. Remember that your roof will only perform as good as the way it’s maintained. You could have the most sophisticated roof in the world, but if it isn’t repaired or maintained regularly, then you won’t be able to maximize its benefits. Make sure that you add a routine maintenance plan to your roofing warranty so that you can get the most life out of your roofing system. Remember that your roof is an important investment so you want to extract every single penny you can out of it before having to replace it with a new one.
Also, you might void your warranty if you don’t invest in regular maintenance. If major issues could have been prevented with a minor repair, and you did nothing to fix it, then you might be liable for repairs.
When it comes to top-tier roofing services, including roof repair and replacement, A1 Quality Roofing, Inc. can definitely deliver. With our trained and experienced team, we’ll make sure the work is done perfectly right the first time. We proudly serve Corona and all the areas around Southern California. Call us today at (951) 877-4406, or fill out our contact form to schedule your roof evaluation. We’d love to hear from you and look forward to working with you!