The last thing a homeowner would want after buying a new roof is to find out it has factory defects or wasn’t installed properly. That’s why it’s important to opt for a warranty to ensure your roof is protected in the event of any damage.
M&A Roof Home Improvement, a top roof repair company in the state, lists down what to look for in a warranty.
Material vs. Labor– Material Coverage
Check if the warranty only covers factory defects or if it covers faulty installations in addition to defects. Under material-only warranties, any damage caused by faulty installation would not be covered and manufacturers will usually only send you a repair kit to fix the roof.
Labor-and-material warranties, on the other hand, cover both types of damage. Keep in mind, your roof has to be installed by a licensed roofing contractor and inspected by a manufacturer’s technician to be eligible for compensation.
Length of the Coverage
A new roof is a significant investment, so you’d want to make sure it will be protected under a warranty for a long time. In some cases, the length of the coverage might even determine the amount paid by the manufacturer under the warranty.
There are three types of cost coverage: original cost, prorated and no-dollar limit. Prorated warranties are time-sensitive, as the amount covered decreases over time. With original-cost warranties, manufacturers will only provide repairs that are less than or equal to the original cost of the roof. The problem with this kind of warranty is the possibility that manufacturers will cut corners to stay within the budget. No-dollar-limit warranties are the best choice for homeowners, as with this kind of warranty, manufacturers will spare no expense in restoring your roof to its original condition.
Just in case you’re considering selling your home in the future, it wouldn’t hurt to check if a warranty is transferable. A house with a warranty on its residential roofing is more appealing to potential buyers. You can even use it as leverage to ask for more.
If you need to install your new roof, hire a reputable contractor with certifications, like M&A Roof Home Improvement. We have a GAF Weather Stopper® certification, so you can rest easy knowing your warranty will still be valid in the event your roof is damaged. To get a free quote, call (757) 942-2700 or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Williamsburg, VA.