In light of the recent warranty changes in the roofing industry I thought our home owners could use a little help understanding the new warranty system. Pre 2011 we used to refer to shingles as 30, 40 or 50 year (lifetime) shingles. As of 2011 the entire roofing industry shifted to a new warranty system called limited lifetime shingles. Now all laminated asphalt shingles are covered by a limited 50 year warranty. Get additional informations on roofing companies
There are a few things you need to consider when choosing a roofing warranty.
1) How long does the warranty cover my roof
2) What is the time period the warranty covers my roof with 100% (non-prorated) coverage
3) What components of the roofing system does the warranty cover?
4) Is the warranty transferable if you decide to sell your home and if so is there a fee involved?
In the warranty world there are two categories
1) The manufacturer’s warranty
2) The workmanship warranty.
-The Workmanship Warranty: This warranty is provided by the roofing contractor you have hired and guarantees proper installation of the roofing system. Every roofing contractor can offer different types of workmanship warranties ranging from 5-50 years depending on the type of material they install on your roof. The longer the workmanship warranty the longer your roof is protected from workmanship errors that might occur during installation. In the state of Washington every roofing contractor is held by state law to guarantee their work with a 5 year labor/workmanship warranty. That is important for homeowners to know. Some roofers offer extended workmanship warranties at an additional cost. Discuss with your potential roofing contractor what type of labor warranties they offer. Be sure to check how long the contractor has been in business, so you know they have been around long enough to have a history of honoring their warranties.
-Standard Material Warranty: A standard material warranty is basic protection for your roofing system provided by the manufacturer.
-Systems Plus Warranty: The Systems Plus Weather Stopper Warranty is a “complete roofing system” upgraded warranty provided by the manufacturer.
-Golden Pledge Warranty: This is the highest level of roofing warranty available in the industry today.