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.