Looking to get a new roof? Before you move forward with a roofer, it’s essential to inquire about the company’s warranty options. What’s important to understand is that not all warranties are created equal. Knowing what warranty comes with your new roof – and being aware of the fine print – can save you a lot of money and aggravation in the future. Here are some factors to keep in mind as you compare roofing companies:
Different types of warranties
The most common type of warranty is a manufacturer’s warranty which is essentially a roof shingle warranty. These standard warranties last approximately 20 years and provide protection for shingles that become damaged before their expected lifespan is over. With shingle warranties, damages are typically only covered for roofs that have been regularly maintained. Beyond the manufacturer’s warranty are other types of warranties, including workmanship warranties, full system warranties and roofing labor warranties. All these types of warranties vary in terms of their duration of coverage, as well as offer different terms depending on the company. Asking roofers about their warranty options will help you make the best choice for your home and financial situation.
Unfortunately, there are many roofing companies offering long-term warranties, only to close their doors a couple years later. As you choose a roofer, be sure to research how long the company has been in business. Most roofing companies that have been in business for at least 10 years are generally reliable in terms of warranty coverage. You can also compare roofing companies by checking out online reviews and getting local referrals.
Roofing warranties for new homes
If you’re in the midst of getting a roof for a new home, the warranty protocols tend to be a bit different. In many cases, a builder warranty is offered through the home builder used. For a new house, most issues with a roof will be considered structural problems which are often covered for about 10-year period to rectify any major problems or irregularities. If a builder refuses to offer a warranty, you can consider purchasing a warranty through an independent company to guarantee coverage.