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It should come as no surprise that roof warranties are designed to protect the materials manufacturers more than homeowners. The fine print in your document can determine more that the basic terms, so be sure to read your roof warranty carefully when you have your roof installed new or when you have one replaced.
We’ll go ahead and answer our question, ‘Is a roof warranty worth the price?’ Even with the loopholes and fine print that you’ll find in most of the, the answer is yes. When something goes wrong with something as expensive as your roof, you’ll be relieved that you have something that protects you from forces beyond your control.
A roof warranty can come in many shapes and sizes, so to speak, so the best thing you can do is to familiarize yourself with yours so you’ll know what’s covered if your roof does develop a leak or some type of damage.
You could have a contractor’s warranty, which would cover the work done on your installation, or you might get an automatic manufacturer’s warranty with your materials. In some cases, customers have both. The trick is finding an honest roofing contractor who will tell you when the fault is theirs. If you’ve chosen a reputable one like Thomas Roofing, you’ll have peace of mind about this fact. It’s also important to note that most roof warranties do not guard against faulty installation by any company, but especially not one that is uncertified. This is why you should always choose a professional company to install or replace your roof!
Every warranty is different, but here are a few of the things that are covered by most of them:
- Roof leak repairs – Leaks that are caused by materials defects or, in the case of a contractor’s warranty, faulty installation, will most likely be covered by your warranty. All other damages will probably fall under your homeowner’s insurance. Also, remember that the subsequent damage caused by a roof leak – water damage to your ceiling, walls, flooring, or furniture – is usually not covered by a roof warranty.
- Mild winds – Most shingles and other roofing materials are guaranteed by the manufacturer for some amount of winds at reasonable speeds. They will have very specific wind criteria published somewhere, so make it your business to know what those criteria are! High winds, however, are not covered. The type of storms and expected wind speeds in your area should help you determine the correct roofing material and warranty for your home.
- Storm damage – Again, this type of damage will probably be covered under your homeowner’s insurance policy, not your roof’s warranty, but it never hurts to check. Some warranties even allow you to add on coverage for hail damage or roof punctures caused by storms.
Read your policy thoroughly to make sure you understand the terms. It’s vital that you understand what voids the warranty and what things are your responsibilities. The contractor and manufacturer will make sure that the warranty benefits them, and you should do the same!
P.S. Lately we’ve been serving a lot of customers in Mesa with roof repair and Scottsdale with roof installations. If you are in these areas and in need of either of these, we’re likely in the area. So let us know and we’ll drop by for a free estimate!