How to Choose the Best Roof Warranty for Your Home

Home Improvement

If you need to replace your roof, you want someone you can trust. Not just a ‘chuck in the truck’ company. Your warranty is more important than choosing the right color or style.

Owens Corning Director of Technical Services, Bert Elliott, recently wrote a piece on the importance of talking with trusted roof advisors about your roof warranty choice. The two most popular warranties homeowners choose are the ones offered by Old Time Roofing. However, there is a third option that we recommend to homeowners.

Standard Roof Warranty

Most people want to be sure that everything they purchase, from electronics to eyeglasses and even their smartphones, will last. Your roof is no different. Standard, or manufacturer’s warranty, fits the bill. All roofing materials include basic protection against defects and product failures throughout their lifetime.

These warranties typically cover only the original purchaser and are not transferable in the case of a sale. If the roofing materials aren’t installed properly or maintained correctly, the manufacturer will cancel the warranty. A few other items are excluded from the standard coverage.

  • Pre-existing structural defects
  • High winds exceeding the wind rating can cause damage and even hail (like when it blows).
  • Alterations made after installation
  • People walking on the roof can cause damage
  • Leakage from debris, such as fallen tree branches or other wind-driven objects.

These are just a few of the reasons homeowners pay more for extended warranties.

Extended Roof Warranty

Standard warranties can be limited and may end up costing you more. Extended warranties provide comprehensive coverage. These warranties offer comprehensive protection and include extended, prorated or continuous coverage in the event of a defect or installation issue, as well as coverage for roofing system components.

These warranties are your best protection against weather damage, premature wear, and poor maintenance. Extended warranties can protect roofing materials up to 50-years in some cases.

The Fine Print

Homeowners know the importance of “this is where you get them” It is important to understand all details of the warranty that you have chosen. A standard warranty might cover materials and labor to repair defective shingles but not the disposal or removal of an existing roof. Semantics, right? Understanding the differences will help you make the right decision for your home, and your bottom line.

The Most Important Roof Warranty

A workmanship warranty is a third warranty that can be overlooked. A company should use the highest quality materials and stand behind its work. You can lose your standard warranty if you have a faulty roofer. This can also cause headaches for extended warranties. Asking a roofer the question, “Do you guarantee your work?” is something you must never forget.

Old Time Roofing has you covered! Old Time Roofing works with top-brands so that you get the best roofing possible. Most of our roofing materials include a 30-year manufacturer’s warranty. This includes top brands such as Owens Corning and GAF. Our team adds a ten year workmanship warranty to this! This is a standard service that you won’t pay an extra fee for. The final cost and estimate include workmanship.

Call our experts today to get a free inspection.

This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County roofing contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has been a tradition in quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.

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