There is no doubt that a new roof is a major purchase that can quickly become expensive. As a result, it is only logical to want a warranty on that valuable item. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to use the warranty later on, if a problem does arise. Therefore, it is a good idea to consider the information below when choosing a roofing contractor and using your warranty.
#1-Choose A Reputable Company With A Proven Track Record
Although it may seem as if you would only do business with a company you already know, a new roof tends to be a pricey item. As a result, it is easy to be swayed by a lower than average cost offered by the new roofing company in town.
Unfortunately, that new company could easily close, move or change hands within the next few years. Since that would make using your warranty much more challenging or even impossible, it is best to to choose a trusted and known roofing contractor.
#2-Determine Who Provides The Warranty
Another step you can take to protect yourself is to verify what the warranty is for and who provides it. For instance, you may find that the warranty covers only the materials, but not the time it takes to repair the issue. Alternatively, if you are buying a pre-made roof like a rubber roof, the warranty might not be specific to the company installing it. You might be able to go through the manufacturer in some situations.
If you find that the warranty is backed by the company, it does not mean that you are automatically safe. It is common for the manufacturer to provide replacement of the roofing product within the covered time period, if defects to the material can be established. That still leaves you in the uncomfortable situation of a roof that needs additional work and the probability of at least some out-of-pocket expenses. A better choice would be to ask for a warranty prior to installation that would cover parts and labor in the event of damage, failure, etc.
#3-Do Not Accidentally Invalidate The Guarantee
Given all of the fine print for many minor things today, you might be tempted to skip the specific details about your warranty. Unfortunately, doing so can be a very costly mistake if you hire someone else to do some maintenance or repair on the roof at any point during the warranty period.
That is due to the fact that it is becoming more common for contractors to insist on being the only people to work on the roofs they have installed. Hiring someone or even attempting to personally replace a damaged shingle or two could void the warranty. Instead, ask for an emergency appointment if the damage is severe and always stay with the same company if possible.
In conclusion, the warranty on your roof represents not just the safety and security of your family, but also your work that went into paying for the roof itself. Therefore, it is crucial to make sure that you have a warranty that you can easily use if it becomes necessary.