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What Are the Options with an Interstate Workmanship Warranty

If you are a homeowner or business owner, you know how much of an investment it can be to have a new roof installed. A good roof installed correctly by professionals can last you well over a decade. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that you not only have the right professionals completing the job but that you’re protected by a warranty as well.

Most roofing companies will have a few warranty options for you to choose from when you decide to invest in a new roof, and Interstate Roofing is no exception. We offer warranty options to customers that can give you the reassurance that you’ll be covered for potential issues should they arise. Here are a few options that you’ll have with an Interstate warranty.

What Are Warranties?

When you have a new roof installed, it’s important to look into what kind of warranty options are available to you. A warranty is a written guarantee that can protect you should you ever run into issues with your roof that require either the company that installed it or the manufacturer to correct a mistake or fix a problem. At Interstate Roofing, there are two types of warranties you can choose from: Steep Slope Roofing Limited Workman’s Warranties and extended manufacturer’s warranties. Each will provide you with a different, but also quite handy, warranty option. Having these options available to you can potentially save you a lot of money.

Limited workman warranties are warranties created to provide customers with coverage if an error is made through workmanship or installation. This can include material errors that occur as a direct result of an error by a workman. Should this be the case, your warranty would cover your roof from this issue through the amount of time you signed the warranty for.

The other type of warranty offered is a manufacturer’s warranty. While most materials come with a standard warranty, the extended manufacturer’s warranty provides added coverage on those materials to give owners even more value on their roof. This kind of warranty is only offered by authorized contractors that are certified to complete the roof installation based on the guidelines provided by the manufacturer themselves. It ensures that the materials used and the installation will live up to the expectations they claim.

Interstate Roofing has been able to earn the highest level of certification from the top three roofing companies: Certainteed, GAF, and Owens Corning. This gives Interstate the ability to offer all three major manufacturers’ top-tier extended warranties.

How Long Are They Good For?

The length of your warranty refers to how long you’ll be covered should there ever be a problem. The longer your warranty period, the longer you’ll be covered. At Interstate Roofing, there are a variety of warranty options to choose from, each lasting for a different number of years. For instance, Steep Slope Roofing Limited Workmanship Warranties has three options of lengths for you to choose from: 5, 10, and 15 years. Each option has different requirements and exclusions to best suit your needs.

What Is Included in Each Warranty?

The five-year options for Steep Slope Roofing Limited Workmanship Warranties are offered for two different roofing selections. They included pitches up to 4/12 and pitches greater than or equal to 4/12. For pitches up to 4/12, a five-year warranty includes tear-off, double-layer felt, ice and water shield (IWS) at penetrations as well as flashing replacements. For pitches of 4/12 or greater, there are a few differences. These five-year warranties include tear-offs but don’t require IWS. They do however cover flashing replacements.

The 10- and 15-year warranty options for the limited workmanship warranties have slightly different offerings. At Interstate Roofing, these warranty lengths are only available for pitches of 4/12 and greater. These options both include flashing replacements and tear-offs. The difference between the two, aside from their length, is that IWS is not required for a 10-year warranty but is required for a 15-year warranty. Professionals can assist you in choosing which roofing warranty option is best for you based on the type of roofing you have installed and your specific needs.

The other warranty option offered at Interstate Roofing is the Extended Manufacturer’s Warranty. This warranty option is offered through a partnership with the top three roofing manufacturers and is offered on a tiered system. Because of Interstate’s good standing with Certainteed, GAF, and Owens Corning, we’re able to offer all three tier options to all of our customers. The three tiers for each manufacturer are Good, Better, and Best. Each option comes with a heightened level of warranty protection depending on your specific needs, with the Good options being the most basic level of protection and the Best options including the most coverage possible. For more information on each manufacturing company’s system, speak with one of the professionals at Interstate Roofing.

Is Anything Required of Me to Have This Warranty?

Other than signing up for your warranty after having your roofing installed, there’s just one thing you need to do to hold up your end of the bargain. This is typically required of you by any professional company you have your roofing installed with. In order to sustain your Interstate warranty, regular roofing maintenance must be done.

Though this maintenance doesn’t have to be done professionally, having it done by a roofing contractor is strongly encouraged. A regular maintenance agreement can be designed specifically for customers who want to keep their roof looking its best while prolonging the life of the roof. It also provides the option to have priority in service if ever a leak occurs, which can make a big difference when it comes to potential water damage. Having your maintenance done by the same company your warranty is with can also help you to build a relationship with your roofing professionals and allow them to be familiar with your specific roof should it ever need serious fixing.

 

What to Look for in a Shingle Warranty

Provided it’s well constructed and properly cared for, a sturdy roof can last for years or even decades before it needs to be replaced. This durability even extends to the shingles that make up the roof, despite the beating that they take every day from wind, snow, and the punishing rays of the sun. Nevertheless, a major repair or roof replacement can be a costly proposition so it’s important to make sure your roof is covered by a warranty.

Choosing the right warranty isn’t always a simple prospect, especially since there’s some misinformation out there regarding how these warranties work. One important distinction to make is between the shingle warranty—provided by the manufacturer—and the workmanship warranty—provided by the contractor.

The manufacturer’s warranty will be the focus of this article. We’ll tell you how to navigate some of the more complex issues as you look for the best shingle warranty.

What, Exactly, Does the Word “Warranty” Mean?

Simply put, a warranty is a guarantee from your manufacturer that, should your roof encounter any defects, it will cover the costs of replacement or repair. Most major purchases have warranties, and roofing materials are no exception.

What Does Your Warranty Cover?

The terms of a warranty will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so you need to shop around a bit to ensure you have the best one available to you. In most cases, your shingle warranty will cover any defects in your roof caused by flaws in the manufacturing. This is an important distinction to note: they only cover defects that arise from manufacturing flaws, not anything caused by improper installation.

Because of this, it’s important to ensure your roof is installed by a great contractor, like Interstate Roofing, that offers comprehensive workmanship warranties of its own. In this way, you ensure you’re covered on both the manufacturing end as well as the installation end.

In most cases, the shingle warranty will cover replacement materials—although not installation or disposal—for a number of years. This number could be 20 years, 50 years, or even a “lifetime” warranty. Note, however, that the length of the warranty does not necessarily correlate to the lifetime of the roof (i.e., just because a roof has a 50-year warranty doesn’t necessarily guarantee it’s actually expected to last for 50 years).

It Doesn’t Matter How Good the Manufacturer Is If They Don’t Offer A Good Warranty

When it comes to roof warranties, homeowners sometimes shrug their shoulders and don’t worry about them. They figure that, since the shingles that make up the roof can take a beating, a warranty isn’t something they’ll ever have to worry about. Or they opt for a cheaper manufacturer that offers a less comprehensive warranty. This is a mistake because, if issues with the roof do end up presenting themselves, repairs can cost many thousands of dollars if you’re not covered.

Beyond this, a good warranty is also a sign of the manufacturer’s confidence in its product. If it doesn’t offer comprehensive coverage, you should ask yourself why not. Do the roofing materials break down often, to the point where repairing them would become prohibitively expensive for the company? A strong warranty is a good indicator that the manufacturer believes strongly that its product will last for many years. It’s also an indicator that quality matters to the company and that it’s willing to pay to replace any materials that aren’t up to snuff.

Beware of the Proration Period

All standard manufacturer’s warranties are prorated, which can severely limit your coverage. In the case of warranties, prorated simply means that the amount covered will diminish over time. This means that, early in the lifetime of the roof, you may have full coverage, but if defects appear halfway into the coverage period, you may only be covered for half of the damage. Most manufacturers offer extended warranties through their certified contractors that will increase the non-prorated period. This is a fantastic option and could be considered an inexpensive insurance policy.

Look for “Transferable” Warranties

Another important detail to check for on your warranty contract is whether the warranty is, in fact, transferable. This simply means that, should you sell the house, you can transfer the warranty to the new owner so that they’re covered in the event a manufacturing defect presents itself.
A transferable warranty is an important thing to have because many prospective buyers will be looking for one when they’re house hunting. If you can demonstrate to them that they’ll be covered if there are any issues with their roofing materials, they’re more likely to consider purchasing your house. In this way, a transferable warranty may increase the value of your home and the chance of selling it when the time comes.

Make Sure You Have Everything in Writing

Because there’s so much to watch out for when you’re shopping around for a warranty, it’s critical to have everything in writing from the manufacturer you end up choosing. How long is the warranty good for? What does it cover? Is it transferable? Is it prorated? All of this should be written down so that it’s legal and clear. This is the only way to guarantee peace of mind for a homeowner who’s already spending a great deal of money to replace their roof. The contract should be written in plain English as well. You shouldn’t have to be a lawyer to navigate it.

Finally, Make Sure You Have a Great Contractor

A good shingle warranty is a must, but a good workmanship warranty is key as well. Your manufacturer will cover defects in the products it sells, but this coverage won’t extend to improper installation. That’s why you need to make sure you have a proper installation and that this installation is covered just as thoroughly as the materials being used. A company like Interstate Roofing is a great choice for a contractor that can ensure your peace of mind as you sleep under your carefully constructed new roof.