One of the more costly improvements homeowners can make to a house is a roof replacement. It is vital that steps are taken to protect that investment and make sure the work is done properly and lasts for many years to come. The first place to look is at is the roof warranty offered by contractors. Although roof warranties will not guarantee your roof will last forever, they will give you some level of protection. Here are five things to look for in a roof warranty.
1. Length of Coverage
What is the length of your warranty? High-end roofing products offer lifetime warranties. Most will offer anywhere from 10- to 40-year warranties. You will pay more for products that have a longer warranty, but the additional expense is worth it in the long-term. Keep in mind, however, what exactly is covered. These warranties cover defects only, but do not cover normal wear, tear, or weather damage.
2. What is Covered
This is important to know. If the unfortunate occurs and the material fails, what does the warranty cover? Will it include materials only, or will it cover the labor to make repairs as well?
Does the warranty cover poor workmanship? Manufacturers are very confident in their product. Many claim that over two-thirds of problems homeowners face with new roofs are the result of poor installation. That means the issues are with your chosen contractor. Find out if your warranty will cover installation as well.
3. Separate Warranty
Does your contractor offer a separate warranty to cover workmanship? Don’t be afraid to ask them before hiring them for your roofing installation. Make a wise decision when choosing a local roofing contractor. Their warranty may look good on paper but is only good for as long as they are in business. Be certain to choose a roofing contractor who is licensed in the state in which you live.
4. Transfer of Warranty
The transfer of warranty only applies if you sell your home down the road. Check to see if the warranty you get with your roof transfers with the sale of your home to future owners. This could be a good selling point.
5. Other Things to Consider
Though not part of your warranty, be certain to save all paperwork from your contractor such as invoices or contracts as well as any receipts for the material you may have paid for yourself. You will need this paperwork if you ever file a claim against your warranty.
As a homeowner when tackling a roofing installation, never base your final decision on the lure of a lifetime warranty. It’s essential to look at the finer details of the warranty being offered. Have a thorough understanding of what is covered, and what is not covered, with the warranty that is offered. If you are looking for the best roofing materials and installation services, contact Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, Inc.