A good roof will last for decades, but a lot will happen over those next 50 or so years. When it comes to your roof’s warranty, it’s important to know that not all warranties are created equal, and the kind of warranty you receive could end up saving (or costing you) thousands of dollars down the road. 

We’ve answered the most important questions to consider when deciding whether or not to purchase an Extended Warranty. Let’s get into it!

Types of Roofing Warranties

Roofing warranties fall into these 3 general categories:

  • Limited Lifetime Warranties cover material only and are offered automatically by most manufacturers. These warranties generally cover obvious product failure.
  • Extended (‘Preferred’) Warranties offer more comprehensive coverage and a longer timeframe, but can only be offered by select roofing companies (like us) provided specific criteria are met during installation.
  • Workmanship Warranties are offered by the roofing company directly and cover the quality and accuracy of the labor. At Lang Home Exteriors, we offer a 5-year Workmanship Warranty for all new roofing and siding installations.

Shingle manufacturers offer basic prorated “Limited Lifetime” warranties for certain types of damage, and Extended Warranties are available for purchase if and only if your roof installation meets each manufacturers’ rigid requirements (hint: if we install your roof, you don’t have to worry about this).

Limited Lifetime Warranties

The first thing you should know is that Limited Lifetime Warranties cover defective shingles only and do not cover normal wear from age. The terms ‘defective’ and ‘normal’ here are a bit subjective in nature, but we’ll get to this later. The second thing you should know is that Limited Lifetime Warranties cover the cost of the material only for the first 10 years, after which point any compensation will be prorated based on the age of the shingle. Just about every architectural shingle now comes with a Limited Lifetime Warranty by default.

Examples of shingle problems that should not happen and may warrant a claim:

  • Cracking, peeling or buckling of shingles
  • Discoloration of individual shingles or sections of your roof
  • Excessive shedding of granules (some shedding is normal)
  • Widespread leaking or unusual moisture problems
  • Significant algae staining early in the life of the roof

It’s also worth noting that damage and wear caused by natural disasters is not covered under a warranty; this kind of damage is usually covered by your insurance company instead.

Extended (‘Preferred’) Warranties

Extended Warranties offer significantly better coverage than Limited Lifetime Warranties because:

  1. They cover the full cost of a new roof, including material, labor, dumpster – everything
  2. They extend beyond the 10-year mark where proration usually begins.

These warranties come at an extra cost, which is based on the square footage of the home, and must be purchased through an installer that has earned the ‘preferred contractor’ designation from the manufacturer.

How Do I Get An Extended Warranty?

You may only purchase the extended warranty if these requirements are met:

  1. The roof must be installed by a Certified Contractor 
  2. The roof must have at least 3-5 qualifying components (the same brand as the shingles) to qualify as a ‘roofing system.’
  3. The roof must be installed correctly (including the specified number of components) according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Which Extended Warranties Does Lang Home Exteriors Offer?

If you choose to purchase the warranty, we offer extended warranties for these reputable manufacturers shingles:

  • Malarkey Emerald Pro Warranty
  • The Owens Corning System Protection Limited Warranty
  • The GAF System Plus Limited Warranty

Every roof we install meets each manufacturer’s criteria to qualify for the extended warranty.

What Is The Cost Of An Extended Warranty?

The cost of an extended warranty depends on the overall square footage of the roof and varies by manufacturer. Every roof completed by Lang Home Exteriors meets the qualification standards of  Malarkey, GAF and Owens Corning. These are our top three, and have been our favorites for years because of their appearance and longevity. No matter which of these shingles you choose, you can’t go wrong!

How Can I Be Sure I Will Qualify For An Extended Warranty?

A roofing system is a specific family of roofing products required by the manufacturer for a properly installed roof that qualifies for that manufacturer’s warranty. Some materials can be substituted for other quality brands, but other components are an absolute must. Your roofing system must be installed correctly for your warranty to be valid. As a preferred contractor, we receive extra training on installation and roofing components to earn this designation and ensure that you are always covered!

How Do Warranties Affect Insurance Claims?

Some insurance policies offer a discount on premiums for homeowners with 50-year shingles which are more resistant to normal wear and tear, as well as rain, wind, and even hail, one of the most common causes for insurance claims. More durable roofs are the preferred choice for Chicagoans who are accustomed to seeing these kinds of conditions on a yearly basis.

Will This Be My Lifelong Home?

If you do plan to make this your lifelong home, then investing in a roof that offers a 50-year warranty will save you money in the long run. Perhaps you plan to sell your home in the next 10 years; a long-lasting roof is still a great investment because a high quality roofing system with an extended warranty will add to your home’s resale value. When purchasing the extended warranty, keep in mind that it will be transferable to the next owner.

Making Sure You Get Your Extended Warranty

We’ve been in this business a long time and we want to help guide you through the process, tell you what to watch out for, and ensure that the installation is done correctly.

Contact us today with any questions we didn’t answer here or to get started on your next project!

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