What Roof Warranty Do You Need?
Have you noticed that warranties are getting longer and longer?
Think about it – how long would you expect a roof to last in the South Florida sun – with wind, rain and heat battering it just about every day? Does an unconditional 20, 30 or lifetime warranty sound plausible? Probably not.
As you start to consider the contractor that is right for you and the materials that will be used on your roof, take a close look at the fine print. No doubt there are contractors and material manufacturers that will stand by their product for the time stated, but what are the actual terms? Use the following as a handy guide to reading your warranty:
- What happens if the contractor goes out of business? Will the material manufacturer cover labor costs? For example Garabar works with manufacturers whose warranties cover material and labor. Read the contract and ask questions. We all know, the construction industry is volatile.
- Are there exclusions? Most materials will have a wind rating, meaning that if damage is caused by a hurricane with winds stronger than the wind rating, the warranty may not apply. Other exclusions such as hail damage and falling objects may void or limit your warranty. Make sure your roof is protected.
- What are the maintenance requirements? You’ll find that most warranties require you to regularly maintain your roof – and rightly so. A roof is like any other important asset that must be cared for to maximize its useable life.
- Other terms. Every warranty is different and just like any other contract you should read your warranty thoroughly to make sure you understand what you’re agreeing to.
Decisions on your warranty can also revolve around how long you expect to keep your property. Knowing your plans for the future may help you negotiate a warranty that matches your price requirements. And finally, don’t be afraid to ask your contractor lots of questions.
With extra money being ever harder to come by, we want to help make sure, whether you use us or not, that you are protected with the right warranty solution for your particular circumstance.