Flat Roof warranties are probably the most relevant and realistic of all roof warranties – and ironically they are the most prone roofs to have issues! There are several things to look for and ask for with regard to your flat roof warranty…
1. Make sure you request an NDL Warranty – This stands for No Dollar Limit. There should not be a maximum out-of-pocket limit by the manufacturer.
2. Your flat roof warranty should be a “system warranty” covering ALL components of the roof system. Most flat roof warranties will exclude any material not manufactured by them.
3. Try to get at least 15 years, if not 20. The difference in fees is minimal.
4. Some manufacturers now offer 25 years for an additional fee.
5. Ask the installing contractor if they are willing to provide all required roof maintenance for the duration of their leak warranty. The contractor warranty is typically 3-5 years.
One caveat that most people do not know is that the installing contractor is on the hook 100% for the first Two years of the manufacturers warranty. This means that the manufacturer takes on No liability the first Two Years.
We hope this information is useful to you in some way, let us know if we can be of further help!
Raise the Roof!
In Part Two of our roof warranty blog, we began discussing the Shingle Manufacturer Warranties. In this Part Three blog, we will look at a very interesting aspect of shingle roofs and how they have changed over the years.
Perhaps the most ambiguous of all shingle warranty language is now their wind speed rating. Shingles are now sold and classified by their “wind speed rating”. This is interesting because of the following history lesson… In the early days shingles were rated by “weight”. This was because the codes insisted on a minimum weight shingle. Then in the nineties, the code insisted on a minimum warranty term of 25 years and tossed weight ratings out the window. The reason for doing away with weight ratings was because shingles began being manufactured with fibergass reinforcement, so the weight of the asphalt became unimportant. So, shingles then began to be sold by “warranty term”. Interestingly, a few years down the road the code increased it’s minimum standard to 30 years. How did the shingle manufacturers cope? They simply changed their 25 year shingle warranty to 30 years! No change to the shingles themselves!
After the active hurricane seasons of 2004/2005, the code changed again and insisted on “wind ratings” for shingles. So, the shingle manufactures began to market their products based on wind speed tests. Now for the punchline… When a shingle is ,marketed and sold as a 110 MPH shingle, this means that they were tested and rated to withstand that wind speed. However, it does NOT mean they are warranted for that wind speed! A typical 110 MPH shingle s actually only warranted up to about 55 MPH wind speeds.
Raise the Roof!
If you have a shingle roof or are planning to have a new one installed soon, you will want to read this!
Shingle roof warranties are probably the most confusing of all roof material warranties. Part of the problem is the plethora of information they try to squeeze into their warranties. Shingle roof warranties try to include language that touch on MANY different categories. We will examine each of these categories over the next blog or two…
Material integrity: This is the total length of time in the warranty. A typical shingle comes with a 30 year limited warranty. In Florida, we see a typical life expectancy of about 20 years on a 30 year warranted shingle. Very seldom do we see any warranty claims or pay-outs for this 10 year discrepancy. All shingle material limited warranties are “pro-rated” for the duration of the warranty. Typically, this warranty will provide material only, at a pro-rated value, if a claim is made.
In our next issue, you won’t believe the change in course and marketing the shingle manufacturers have gone through just to keep their product within code compliance! (should have used the next blog for April Fools Day instead of this one!) Keep your eyes peeled for Part Three of this Warranty Blog!
Remember… Raise the roof!