When buying a new roof, it is important to understand what kind of warranty you will receive when the job is complete. All reputable roofing manufacturers will offer some basic warranty coverage against manufacturing defects in the roofing materials, but oftentimes there may be enhanced warranty offerings available either through the roofing contractor or through the roofing manufacturer. You should make sure to discuss your options with your roofing contractor before deciding. Here's what you need to know when selecting your warranty:
There are three common types of roof warranties: manufacturer's product warranties, contractor warranties, and enhanced manufacturer's warranties. In general, enhanced manufacturer's warranties offer homeowners the most protection.
It's typical for a reputable roofing materials manufacturer to offer some coverage against manufacturing defects in their products, and usually at no additional cost to the homeowner. Additionally, some manufacturers offer better coverage if you choose to install not just shingles, but also qualifying accessory products. For example, if you choose to purchase and install GAF Designer or Timberline Roofing Shingles, the shingles will automatically be covered by the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty . Any qualifying GAF accessories you install are also covered by the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty for as long as 40 years. For additional warranty protection, if you install at least three qualifying GAF accessory products, you automatically qualify for the GAF Roofing System Limited Warranty , which provides a Lifetime warranty term on the accessory products as well as the shingles. Many manufacturers make this information available on their websites or through other educational materials.
In addition to basic manufacturer warranties on the roofing products, many contractors may choose to offer their customers some coverage against application errors. In other words, the contractor may choose to offer coverage for issues with your roof arising out of mistakes the contractor made during the installation. The details and terms of these types of warranties may vary greatly from contractor to contractor, however reputable, skilled roofers will stand behind each installation job with a workmanship warranty.
For the most comprehensive coverage, find out whether your roofing contractor can offer you any enhanced warranty options backed by the roofing manufacturer. While the details will vary by manufacturer, the enhanced warranty will typically come at an additional cost, will require you to install both shingles and some combination of accessory products from the same manufacturer, and the products will likely need to be installed by a roofing contractor enrolled in that manufacturer's certified contractor program. However, enhanced manufacturer's warranties will usually offer longer or better coverage against manufacturing defects in the products and may also provide coverage for certain installation errors by the roofing contractor.
For example, the GAF Golden Pledge Limited Warranty is available only through GAF Master Elite roofing contractors. The Golden Pledge provides a fifty-year non-prorated period against manufacturing defects (versus the 10 years offered by the standard warranty). It also offers homeowners up to 30 years of coverage against the roofing contractor's misapplication of the GAF products and covered flashings (which are installed at valleys, dormers, chimneys, and plumbing vents to provide added protection from water penetration) even if the roofing contractor is no longer in business. The Golden Pledge also provides coverage for tear-off and disposal if necessary to repair your roof in the event of a covered claim. When you understand the full scope of coverage provided by enhanced manufacturer's warranties as compared to that offered by standard warranties or contractors warranties, it's easier to see how they can be valuable in the long run.
Here are some key steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure that you are eligible for the most comprehensive warranties available, and to reap the maximum benefit from whichever warranty you choose:
When starting a new roofing project, talk with your roofing contractor about the warranty options available to you. Ready to get started? National Contractors is recognized as a GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor and member of the prestigious GAF President’s Club. Our team is happy to talk with you about your specific roofing needs and guide you throughthe process. Contact the experts at National Contractors, Inc. at (609) 771-4200 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Portions of article courtesy of Annie Crawford