Is a 20 year shingle really warranted for 20 years?
Why should I buy an additional warranty?
A new roof is a big investment, typically involving thousands of your hard-earned
dollars and lasting 25, 30, 40 years or more. As with any big investment, knowing in
advance what your warranty covers could save you thousands in the event that
problems arise with your roof.
All roofing products come with a limited warranty against material defects. The
warranty coverage may be limited to the product that fails - not the entire roof system,
and may only include the cost of replacing the materials - not the cost of labor to
It could also be true that after a designated period of time the product is warranted at
a pro-rated rate where you will only be reimbursed for the depreciated value of the
product covered. In other words, with a standard limited warranty, the reimbursement
for a 20 year shingle during the 19th year on your home may be very small.
The good news, however, is that most roofing manufacturers offer extended or
upgraded warranties at an additional cost. These warranties may include the entire
roof system, the labor to remove and replace materials, and an extended
non-prorated period. They are a great value, when you consider the cost versus the
potential risk. Most are honored whether your roofer is still in business or not, and
some are backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
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