Which Roof Warranty Do You Need?

October 4, 2013

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? We have wind, rain, and extreme heat battering it daily. Does an unconditional 20, 30, or lifetime warranty sound plausible? Probably not.

As you consider the contractor that is right for you and the materials used on your roof, please look at the fine print. No doubt licensed contractors and material manufacturers 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 a hurricane causes damage with winds more substantial 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 maintain your roof regularly – and rightly so. Like any other significant asset, a roof must be cared for to maximize its usable life.
  • Other terms. Every warranty is different, and just like any other contract, you should read your warranty thoroughly to ensure you understand what is in your agreement.

Consider What’s Best For Your Property

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, feel free to ask your contractor many questions.

Extra money is becoming more challenging to come by for most people. We want to help ensure you are safe with the proper warranty solution for your particular situation, whether or not you use Garabar.

Warranties are only as good as the company that stands behind them, so call Garabar today!. We have trucks traveling all around Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach County, and beyond, and we can be there fast!