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Are Roof Warranties Worth It?

Roofs are one of the most important features of any structure. They are sizeable investments that you hope will last long enough to make them a worthwhile expenditure. Many customers opt for warranties to ensure they’re covered in the event that their roofs get a leak or start to deteriorate. But many warranties are limited in nature, meaning not everything is covered.

That’s why our customers often ask us, “Are roof warranties worth it?” The short answer is, it really depends on a number of factors. Interstate Roofing works with a variety of manufacturers, and we provide our customers with several warranty options. We’ll tell you our top tips for deciding whether a roof warranty is really worth that extra money.

Find Out What’s Covered

The first thing you should do is find out what is covered by your roof warranty. Many people mistakenly believe that a roof warranty offers total protection coverage. That’s typically not the case. For instance, if a hurricane or tornado blows through your area and a tree topples over on your roof, causing it to cave in, the resulting damage will likely not be covered by a standard roof warranty.

So what is covered then? There are two types of warranties—a workmanship warranty and a manufacturer’s warranty. The manufacturer’s warranty will protect you from any material defects, while the workmanship warranty covers labor or installation errors.

When working with a roofing contractor, make sure they always offer you a manufacturer’s warranty. If they don’t, it could be a sign that the contractor isn’t approved by the manufacturer to install their products. Interstate Roofing, for one, has earned the highest level of certification with the top three roofing manufacturers in our area: GAF, Owens Corning, and CertainTeed. That’s how we’re able to offer all three major manufacturers’ top-tier extended warranty plans.

Read the Fine Print

Like any contract, you should always read the warranty’s fine print. Look for any exclusions that outline what the warranty doesn’t cover. Also, you’ll want to check for anything that would cause the warranty to be made null and void. Most warranties require you to perform regular maintenance on your roof, for instance, in order for the warranty to remain in effect.

In addition to maintaining your roof’s upkeep, some warranties also require that you use the same roofing contractor for any services or labor performed. If you hire another contractor to pressure wash your roof, for example, then you may be violating the conditions of your warranty agreement. It’s important to always read the fine print to understand your responsibility in adhering to the warranty terms.

You should also check to see if there are any fees associated with your warranty. Some manufacturers, for example, will charge a non-refundable fee for investigating warranty claims. If you want to get a head start on reading the fine print, take a look at our warranty information. Compare and contrast manufacturer’s warranties to get a better idea of what’s covered by each and whether or not it’s something you may want to purchase.

You can also review a copy of our workmanship warranty, which outlines the exclusions that apply. If you have any questions, we’re happy to answer them. We always recommend that you thoroughly review warranty information before having a roof installed so you can make an informed decision.

Determine the Type of Warranty You Need

If you decide that you do want to purchase a warranty, your next step is to figure out which one to buy. Interstate Roofing provides several types of workmanship warranties, including 5-, 10-, and 15-year options. Additionally, we provide extended factory warranties for up to 20 years of labor coverage and lifetime material coverage.

Some warranties only apply to the original owner who purchased the roof. But at Interstate Roofing, we offer transferable warranties under certain conditions. If you want to pass your home down to your child or to someone purchasing your home, for example, you can transfer the warranty so that the roof is still covered under the new ownership, as long as the conditions outlined in the warranty agreement are met.

Decide If It’s a Worthwhile Investment

In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself if a roof warranty is a worthwhile investment. If you’re the type of person who is fairly disciplined, you may want to take the money you would spend on a warranty and set it aside each year to go toward future repairs instead. If you’re the type of person who values peace of mind, then you may want to go ahead and purchase a warranty to protect your initial investment.

Be sure to do your research before you select a warranty or a roofing contractor to perform the work. After all, one of the best warranties your money can buy is hiring a reputable contractor who will perform a quality job. Warranty or not, make sure whoever you hire is a trustworthy and quality company with a proven track record. If you need some help, here are our tips for finding quality residential roofing in Vancouver.

Interstate Roofing has been installing roofing in the Portland area since 1988. We’ll provide you with honest advice when it comes to warranties and other questions you have about your roofing project. You can also depend on us to perform a quality installation. See for yourself by taking a look at some of our customer testimonials. You can also review report cards submitted by past clients to see how we rate on a number of factors.

If you need roofing services, give us a call or request a free estimate. We won’t simply put a roof over your head. We’ll make sure that it stays there for years to come.

Why You Should Always Buy the Upgraded Shingle Warranty

Your roof is an incredibly essential part of your home’s structure. You’ll want to be sure you can get the best protection for it. After all, the roof is your home’s defense against harsh weather. This is especially important to keep in mind when you live in an area like Portland.

A major roofing decision you’ll have to make, that many people overlook, is which warranty coverage to buy. When you have a roof installed, your first instinct may be to just go with the standard warranty. However, that’s a decision you’ll likely end up regretting. Installing a new roof is an important investment, so you should be sure you’re getting the best warranty you can.

Read on below to find out why you should go with an upgraded warranty instead.

When it comes to roofing warranties, you really have to read the fine print to make sure you’re getting the best. You might be offered a warranty that is for 20 years or so and will likely assume this provides 100% coverage during that entire time. However, for warranties that aren’t upgraded, it’s not that simple.

The standard warranties usually only cover you 100% for the first 5 to 10 years or so. After that, it is often prorated based on the age of the roof, so the coverage goes down a little each year. By comparison, the upgraded warranties have 100% coverage for up to the first 50 years. That’s a really significant difference!

What many people don’t realize is that a standard warranty doesn’t actually cover everything that you might expect. Typically, those warranties just cover the materials, as in the shingles themselves. Some of the labor costs are covered too, but only for the first few years. Then, once the warranty starts to be prorated, only the shingles are covered, which is only about 20-30% of the total cost. An upgraded warranty, however, covers both labor and materials.

Also, if you are re-roofing, these warranties do not ever cover the tear-off costs or the disposal costs of debris from the old roof. They also don’t cover underlayment, vents, valleys, flashing, edging materials, nails, and other accessories that are necessary for re-roofing. Upgraded warranties cover all of this.

Buying an upgraded warranty will also help you out if you ever plan on selling your home. This is because upgraded warranties are typically transferrable at least one time, whereas standard warranties are usually never transferable between home or building owner. If your warranty will transfer, this will definitely increase the resale value of your location and makes for a smooth transition.

Of course, you will have to let the warranty companies know that you are transferring the warranty. Usually, you will have about 60 days to provide proper notification.

These upgraded warranties can only be offered by a small number of contractors. Typically, this allowance is provided to the top roofing companies in your area and Interstate Roofing in Portland is among this select group.

We have earned and secured the highest level of certification with the top roofing manufacturers in order to provide their top tier warranties—GAF Golden Pledge, Owens Corning Platinum Protection, CertainTeed 5-Star Warranty—so you will be protected no matter what obstacles you face with your roof.

All three roofing manufacturer top warranties include a workmanship warranty. This type of warranty is the coverage against workmanship or installation errors. This is often not included with standard warranties.

The GAF Golden Pledge also includes a labor and workmanship warranty for 25 to 30 years or 20 years for 3-tab shingles. This is in addition to the 50 year upfront coverage, or 20 years for 3-tab shingles. This means that your roof will be in the hands of a manufacturer for a minimum of 20-25 years.

The Owens Corning Platinum Protection also includes a lifetime workmanship warranty, which starts to be reduced after the first 25 years. By comparison, only the next tier down, which is the Preferred Protection, does not offer a workmanship warranty at all and is only coverage for the first ten years.

GAF, Owens Corning, and CertainTeed are manufactures known for offering sustainable roofing and for their commitment to recycling. Sustainable roofing is becoming a more popular option, as people are more interested in living in an environmentally friendly way. This means your roof will be more energy efficient, reducing your energy costs and home’s carbon footprint by quite a bit. It can also be a healthier choice, reducing the moisture that can lead to health hazards such as mold growth. Because they reflect solar energy better than traditional roofing, sustainable roofing can be more durable and last longer. Coupled with the extended warranty, that will provide great protection for years to come.

In addition to offering the most upgraded warranties from all three manufacturers, Interstate Roofing is also committed to sustainable roofing. This includes offering green products such as Energy Star-rated shingles, solar tubes, and solar-powered vents.

You might be hesitant and think that upgraded warranties will majorly up the cost on an already expensive project, but that is usually not the case. In fact, you can now get much better coverage and extra benefits for a relatively inexpensive price. And when you decide to go with sustainable roofing, that will save you even money in the long run.

Ready for a replacement roof? Ask about the extended warranty. It’ll give you peace of mind knowing your roof will be around for many years to come.

Your roof is an essential component of your home and an upgraded shingle warranty is the best way to protect that investment.