A Question of Coverage: Do Roofing Companies Offer Warranties?

Perhaps you’re in the midst of watching your new roof take shape over your head, or perhaps you’re already relishing the sight of the final product that took months’ worth of planning and execution.

In either case, you’ll want to feel assured that your new roof offers coverage.

And we don’t just mean shelter from the storm — we mean you might want to know what warranty protection is offered by your roofing contractor or company. After all, while most roofing companies do offer roofing warranties, in general, it’s important that you remain diligent in parsing out the details and fine print.

Allow us to explain:

Covering the Basic Questions

Before diving into the specifics of what you can expect, you’ll want to take note that there is a difference between a manufacturer warranty and a workmanship warranty.

That is to say that, while the manufacturer warranty generally covers the materials used for your roofing, the workmanship warranty covers the work and labor offered by your contractor. For example, this may involve installation errors.

“The contractor who installs your roofing plays a key role in its performance and longevity,” Owens Corning explains. “Reputable, skilled roofers stand behind each installation job with a workmanship warranty. The length of this type of warranty can vary a lot depending on the contractor, but some offer lifetime coverage.”

The specifics of such warranties, however, will depend on your individual contractor, as no two companies necessarily offer the same protection guarantees.

How Much Do Warranties Matter?

Particularly for residents and business owners in Florida, roofing warranties remain a priority in the wake of annual hurricanes — or even just strong storms that manage to pour on whole cities during the off-season.

What’s more, between mold and algae, rust, wind damage, and other such destructive elements, simply residing near any Floridian coast may be cause for concern, and you’ll want to search for a protection plan that is comprehensive.

That all being said, while we encourage you to be thorough, don’t turn on the blinders when it comes to shopping around.

“A warranty probably shouldn’t be your main focus in choosing a new roof,” according to Consumer Reports. “Rather, our testers recommend that you place your faith in a strong shingle and a reliable contractor.”

How the Difference Is Universal

When you’re searching for the best in both warranty and workmanship, a little research can go a long way.

“You can and should verify the length of time your contractor has been licensed and in business,” the Florida Building Commission recommends. “This verification should be done for both the individual licensed contractor and for the business.”

And if you’re looking for trusted experts who are committed to your local community, look no further than Universal Roof & Contractors!

Having served Jacksonville and Central Florida for over 28 years, we know and understand the unique challenges that residents of the Sunshine State face. Thus, we offer the nation’s best warranty in addition to white-glove service and industry-leading materials!

From our FREE inspections to repairs, replacements, and more, you will feel confident leaving your forever roof in our capable care. To learn more, contact us today by calling 855-ROOF-HELP!