Frequently Asked Questions About Roof Warranties
Are roof warranties important?
A new roof is a big investment, typically involving thousands of your hard-earned dollars and lasting 25-50 years or more. As with any big investment, knowing in advance what your warranty covers and being sure that it will be there for you if and when you need it could save you thousands in the event that problems arise with your roof.
What are the chances that I will have a problem with my new roof?
Based on GAF’s state-of-the-art manufacturing process, the odds of having a problem with a new GAF roof are about 1 in 1000. While material defects are few and far between, when they do happen, they are very costly. It is smart to be protected and have the peace of mind that if something goes wrong, you won’t be footing the bill. If your roof does fail, either because of material defects or an installation mistake, it doesn’t have to be a crisis. A good warranty allows you to relax and know that if something does go wrong, you’re covered.
What if there are problems with the roof’s installation?
From temperature during installation to the kinds of nails to use, manufacturers are very strict with installation protocol. For this reason, it’s crucial that contractors follow that protocol. If your roofing contractor fails to install the roof properly, your material warranty is void. And unfortunately, most contractors who don’t follow protocol also don’t end up trying to make things right. Studies show that more than two-thirds of the problems that people experience with their new roofs are due to the contractor’s workmanship, not the roofing materials. That’s why you should trust a GAF MasterElite certified contractor like Roofing & More with the installation.
What should I look for in a roofing warranty?
There are two types of coverage that you should ask your contractor about: 1) Coverage against material defects (material warranty) and 2) Coverage against workmanship defects (workmanship warranty). You should pursue 100% coverage for both aspects in order to ensure the best protection.
What does a materials warranty cover?
Material warranties range from those that cover the shingle, all the way to those that cover the shingles and all other components of the roofing system. Be sure you know which one you have. Almost all roofing products come with a warranty against material defects, although exact coverage varies depending on the brand. For example, a typical shingle warranty will cover material defects for a period of somewhere between 20 and 50 years. The warranty on other components of the roofing system can vary from as little as a few months to several years. It’s important to know what your warranty covers, and that coverage varies greatly between manufacturers.
Does Roofing & More cover me against workmanship errors?
Yes indeed. Absolutely. Every time. No matter which contractor you choose, it’s so important to do business with one that has a solid reputation and sure longevity. After all, if the contractor who installed your roof and gave you a workmanship warranty is no longer in business in 5 years, that warranty is then void. Roofing & More has been in business for over 20 years in Northern Virginia and we aren’t planning to leave anytime soon. We stand behind our work 100%. If there are problems with the workmanship, we do everything in our power to make it right.