Understanding Roofing Warranties
It seems like everywhere you look everything comes with some sort of “warranty,” cars, electronics, appliances…but your roof? Yes, even a roof can come with a warranty. Now it leaves you with, is it needed or important? When you are spending a lot of money on something like roofing your house, it is important to know just what warranty you are getting.
Standard Material Warranties
When a roofing company hands you more information on which warranty they offer, never, ever assume all warranties are created equal. A typical shingle warranty from just any roofing company is just that, it covers the shingles and has a prorated term, which most of the time is 10 years. So let’s say you are told by Chuck in A Truck Roofing Company that he is going to sell you a Lifetime Shingle and you have a 30 square roof. What this really means is you are getting a 50 year shingle that begins to prorate after the full protection period of 10 years. So in year 11 if you have an issue with the shingles, you can file a claim, at that time you will be reimbursed by dividing number of years remaining on the warranty (39 years remaining by 50 year term of warranty) and multiply that by the number of squares, so you will receive a credit of 23.4 squares of shingles. No install, no removal included in this at all… that will be the customers expense. What will it cost you to remove and install a 30 square roof in 11 years? Also you will have to pay for all of the accessories such as new felt, nails, drip edge, caulking, sealants, prostart, ridge vent, step flashings, pipe flashings and many other items that it takes to make a “roof.”
Upgraded System Warranties
If you go with us, a GAF Certified Master Elite Roofing Company, we can give you piece of mind and help you avoid this scenario completely by choosing one of the two warranties we offer. The first option is called the “System Plus Warranty”. This warranty is just that, a full system warranty with no proration and covers all parts and accessories, as well as the removal and replacement expense of the entire system at whatever year the claim is filed. So if in 11 years there is a material defect, GAF will pay to replace the entire system and the customer pays nothing out of pocket.
Golden Pledge Warranties
The best option that we offer is a warranty called the “Golden Pledge Warranty,” what this covers is everything the system plus warranty covers except it goes further, it not only covers the entire system, it covers the labor as well (for 20 years on a 25 year shingle and 25 years on a lifetime shingle). What this means is that all material defects are covered, as well as any labor installation defects. This allows you as the homeowner to rest assured that the roof on your home will not be your issue again for 25 years. With this option GAF will send out a certified inspector to do a 40 point inspection of your new roof to make sure that we installed to or above their specifications and then they back our work for the entire length of that time. If we are retired in 11 years and you have an issue with your roof, GAF will still be there and will fix your roof at no cost to you the customer.
While a warranty can look like a bunch of legal jargon that you just want to skim over, you might just want to read it or have them explain it. For us, picking which warranty to offer our customers was easy. As a GAF Master Elite Certified Roofing contractor, we are able to offer the “strongest and safest roofing warranties in America.” What does that mean for you, the homeowner? It means that your roof warranty will not only provide superior long term protection on the physical materials & components of the roof, but the workmanship as well. Using Chase Construction North West, Inc., a GAF Master Elite Contractor, you guarantee yourself not only the best products but also the best warranties in the business. If you think you are in the need of a new roof or simply want more information on which warranty is best for you, contact them for a free estimate!
This article was provided by:
Wendy Wygle of Above It All Roofing And Construction, Inc.-Tulsa, OK.
Contact me at Wendy@aiaroofing.com
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