We have all been pressured to buy the infamous “Extended Warranty” on just about everything – from kitchen appliances to electronic devices, all the way to your vacuum cleaner. In most cases the standard warranty is good enough, but a good roof will last for decades – and that is a lot of time to be asking “What if something happens and I’m stuck with an expensive repair down the road?”

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 certain criteria (hint: if we install your roof, you don’t have to worry about this).

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

What Does A “Limited Lifetime Warranty” Mean?

Nearly all architectural shingles now carry “Limited Lifetime Warranties.” The Limited Lifetime Warranty refers to the manufacturer’s warranty on defective shingles (note that this is different from our own additional Workmanship Warranty). Each shingle company prorates its compensation of  the roof’s value based on the age of the shingles at the time of the claim. The claim will be based on shingles being defective, not wear from age. A prorated warranty will cover the costs of roof repair or replacement if the shingle fails,  but compensation diminishes over time. For example, shingles with a prorated warranty could be replaced without cost during the initial period – within the first 10 years. But after that time, the owner will share more of the replacement costs based on the age of the roof.

The extended warranty will extend the coverage of the roofing materials to 50 years.

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!

Will Adding A Second Layer Affect My Warranty?

Most definitely. To qualify for an extended warranty, the manufacturers will require a ‘clean deck,’ meaning one layer only (no ‘re-roofs’). The new shingles must be applied directly to the wood surface. When installing a new roof, our installers will replace any damaged or rotted plywood that could compromise the strength of the decking. A strong foundation is essential to support the roofing system you have chosen.

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.

Make Your Roof Count With A Quality Inspection

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. But if you do choose another partner, make sure they are a preferred contractor who can offer you the best materials and the warranty to back it up. Only preferred contractors are able to offer extended warranties from Owens Corning, Malarkey, and GAF. We guarantee quality installations every time. We treat each job as if we were working on our own home and are proud of the overwhelming positive feedback we’ve received from our awesome customers who make each project special. 

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