As the most trusted roofing company in Ohio and Indiana, you can bet that we get a ton of questions on a daily basis. People want to know what we charge, what sort of roof issue they are dealing with, how long they can wait to have a repair completed and so on and so forth. While each roofing job is a tad different from the one that came before it, there are also some universal answers we are able to provide to our customers.
In our last post, we spoke about how you can pick out the right roofer for your home. If you missed it, we suggest you go back right now and check it out. After all, this is the most common question we get from people who are in need of roofing services. However, if you already know you are going to hire the professionals at Silver Leaf Contracting since we are the best, then continue reading below to learn the answers to your most pressing roofing questions.
Are there industry standards for roofing warranties?
When you are inquiring about the different types of warranties that you can get on your roof, you first need to realize that you will probably have more than one. There are, of course, manufacturer’s warranties. Most often you will find that these types of warranties are available for asphalt shingles. This type of warranty exists so that any defects to the shingles, like cracking or peeling, will be covered for at least 20 years. The other type of warranty you will get is one from your roofing contractor. This will cover the work they completed and will often cover any repairs that need to be made for a year or two. While most warranties are standard, you want to make sure that you read your contract in great detail before signing it.
Could my warranty become voided?
There are sometimes caveats to your roofing warranty. For instance, many will require that you have roofing inspections completed often so that those who installed your roof can ensure that it is still healthy. However, if you for some reason need to have your roof replaced before you originally imagined you would and you haven’t had an inspection recently, your warranty may be voided.
What will your roof warranty cover?
If you experience a roof leak after having your new roof installed, and it is caused by poor workmanship or faulty materials, your warranty should cover the costs of the repair. On the other hand, we would suggest that you get a warranty that also covers leaks that were caused by natural occurrences like lightning, high winds, hail, and fire. You can also get a warranty that will cover any vandalism that is done to your home as well.
Often, protection from hail damage is considered an add-on to most warranties but it’s an add-on we would suggest you get. While the choice to get hail damage coverage may be a good one for some people, we also would suggest that you considered how often you get hail in the area in which you live before adding on the additional cost.
This too is not included in the majority of basic warranties. However, if you have experienced issues with your roof before on high wind days, it’s worth the investment. If you don’t want to worry about this at all, you can always choose to have a metal roof installed instead.
What won’t your roof warranty cover?
Most often, this is something that is included in your manufacturer’s warranty. Because many different manufacturers consider standing water in different ways, you want to be sure that pooling water would be covered should it occur on your roof. Standing water can lead to serious leaks, and if not covered in your warranty, you could end up having to pay out of pocket.
Damage Inside The Home
If you experience a leak and other parts of your home become damaged from the water, this will not be covered by your warranty. This means carpet, drywall, appliances and more that are damaged by a leak from the roof, are all something you have to pay to repair on your own.
Acts of God
It may seem unfair that acts of God are not covered by your warranty, but someone has to pay for the repairs that need to take place. The company that installed your roof is not more to blame for a tornado, fire or flood than you are. This means that the cost of all repairs would, unfortunately, be your responsibility. On the other hand, you can protect your roof and your wallet from hail and high winds when you opt for extra coverage, as we mentioned above.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you could have huge projects like an entire roof replacement covered by a warranty? We know you will be disappointed to hear this, but there are simply no circumstances at all in which an entire roof replacement would be covered by your warranty. For such a big job, there will always be a bill.
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If you want to learn more about roof warranties and how those provided by Silver Leaf Contracting are superior to others, contact us today. We enjoy giving our customers the answers they are searching for and being available to be a constant source of roofing knowledge for those in the communities we serve.