Roofing warranties can be a hard thing to navigate. You may think you have all the info, but you’d be surprised at all the little things companies try to sneak in.
When spending so much money on a new roof for your home it’s important to know the ins and outs of your roof contract agreement. We’re going to cover the 5 most important things to look at in roofing warranties in 2021.
Below are 5 key points to look at in every roofing warranty
1. Roof Shingle Blow Off Coverage
Very important. Lots of shingles offer 130 miles wind warranty but have blown off exclusions just after the first few years.
2. Is The Lifetime Roof Warranty Transferable?
How much does it cost to transfer a “lifetime warranty”? Lifetime simply means they owe to it the person who bought the roof. It is not the statement that the roof is expected to last that period.
3. Algae Warranty
Very important or maybe even most important if you live next to big trees. Some will replace the entire roof and some will limit their liability to $15 per square. Best algae warranties coming from Atlas And Malarkey. Take preventative action against algae to prevent roof shingle damage
4. Pro-Rated & Non-Prorated Coverage Period
This one will differ a lot. Some will give you 5 years not prorated and some will give you 15, After that, it drops like a rock. For example, IKO’s entire liability for most products is tops at $40. Here is an example of a warranty.
5. Leaks VS performance coverage
Understand what covers and when. Some manufacturers will not cover anything unless you have real leaks. Cosmetics are not included even if your roof is discolored and looks like it has been there for 20 years just after two years.
Warranties are great and we need them but the product is more important. Don’t go with the best warranty, do your research and go with the best product. The best product will have the best coverage. Would you rather drive a reliable car with 60,000 miles warranty or a shitty car with 80,000 miles warranty hoping it will be covered? You get the point.
Based on quality and warranties after reviewing hundreds of roofs every year we highly recommend the top 3: Atlas, Owens Corning, CertainTeed, and also Malarkey roofing products stand out from the competition.
If I can give you one last tip it would be: read the fine print and don’t trust the sales rep if you are not convinced with the presentation of the product or have your concerns!