Will My Roof Really Last For a “Lifetime”?

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When you're in the market for a new roof on your home, there will be a lot of important questions you'll need to ask to ensure you get the best value for your money. These questions do not solely apply to things like the type of roofing material you want, or the contractor you hire to perform the installation. You may also have questions about the warranty included with your roofing materials and what exactly a “lifetime guarantee” happens to mean. To help you get some clarity concerning roofing warranties and their guarantees, we have included some key information below that will help you make an informed decision about the type of warranty to look for, and what you're entitled to should there be a future issue with your roofing materials.

Let's first address exactly what a 'lifetime' warranty means when it comes to roofing products. Most homeowners living in Vancouver and the surrounding areas are well aware of the kind of extreme weather their roofs are exposed to throughout the year. Heavy rainfall along with high winds and hot summer temperatures are just a few examples of the weather challenges a residential roof will face in its lifetime. As a result, it should come as no surprise that even the highest quality roofing materials won't be able to last forever. With that in mind, we then still need to determine what a 'lifetime' warranty means. In the case of most roofing shingle warranties, 'lifetime' means the materials will be covered for as long as you own your home. So what exactly does a lifetime warranty coverage guarantee for the homeowner?

There are some key points that you should be aware of when it comes to lifetime roofing material warranties before you can make an informed purchase:

  • Lifetime warranties cover manufacturing defects that can include issues like granule loss, inconsistent shingle sizes and insufficient sealant
  • Some manufacturers will only consider a manufacturing defect to be the case if the roof is actually leaking or if there happens to be clear evidence that the roofing materials are not living up to standards
  • CertainTeed products are covered under warranty, even if there is no apparent issue such as an active leak in the roof. This distinction can be critical when it comes to selecting a roofing company based on the products they offer.
  • Lifetime roofing material warranties will include full coverage on replacement materials and installation costs for a number of years immediately following installation. This period of time is often set at about 10 years.
  • Customers should be aware of the coverage they will receive on lifetime guarantees after the 10 year period has passed. As a roof gets older, coverage is provided on the shingles alone at a steadily decreasing rate. This is known as Proration, and it is usually the cause of any confusion and frustration occurs between homeowners, their roofing contractors and the manufacturers concerning warranty coverage.

    About Your Warranty

    Let's say you have a roof that was installed more than 10 years ago that has started to fail due to a manufacturing defect. Since the majority of the front-loaded coverage has expired on your warranty after 10 years, you will only be covered for the new shingles that will replace the old defective ones. The costs associated with removal and disposal of the old shingles, as well as the installation of the new shingles will not be covered. This detail often slips past the notice of homeowners, especially if they are unfamiliar with what exactly a 'lifetime' warranty truly means. The question now becomes what a homeowner can do to ensure they never have to worry about encountering such a costly problem in the future.

    Many warranties include a great deal of fine print and legal jargon in their descriptions, meaning the average homeowner might be unsure as to what guarantees they can expect when it comes to the products they purchase. One way to avoid this confusion, as well as a lot of future headaches and unforeseen expenses is to add extended warranty coverage to your initial roof purchase. For a slightly higher upfront cost, you can extend the coverage you will receive on your roofing materials for the first 10 years for an additional 40 years! This means if a manufacturing defect occurs at any time over that extended period, you will be covered for the cost of everything from replacement shingles to disposal and additional labour costs for removal and installation. Purchasing additional extended coverage will ensure true peace of mind when it comes to your roof and the lifetime warranty included with your roofing materials.

    A new roof is a big investment for any homeowner, which is why it is important to get as much information about roofing contractors, materials and warranties as you can before you make your selection. Hiring a roofing contractor with a solid reputation, and who happens to offer extended warranties to their customers is usually the best move for anyone looking to protect their home and loved ones as long as they own their home. To learn more about the types of materials and warranties available from Taves Roofing, feel free to contact one of our friendly staff members to arrange a free estimate today.

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