Understanding Roof Warranties . . .
What Should I Look for in A Roofing Warranty?
Basically, there are two types of coverage that you should know about: coverage against manufacturing defects in the materials and coverage against workmanship errors.
What is Coverage Against Manufacturing Defects…
As far as we know, all manufacturers provide a warranty against manufacturing defects for their roofing products, although your exact coverage will vary depending on the brand. For example, most architectural shingles carry a Lifetime* limited warranty against manufacturing defects, while most 3-tab shingles carry a 20, 25, or 30 year limited warranty against manufacturing defects. Each warranty has its own specific terms and conditions, so it’s important to read each warranty carefully. Keep in mind that, if you are not the original owner of the shingles on your roof, you may not have coverage under the manufacturer’s warranty. Most manufacturers limit coverage to the original owner and the first subsequent owner as long as the new owner notifies the manufacturer of the change in ownership as set out in the limited warranty.
The warranty on the other components that make up your roofing system can vary from as little as a few months to Lifetime. While the shingle you choose may have a warranty that lasts for 30 years or even Lifetime, some (or all) of the other components that make up your roof may not—so if they cause a problem with your roof, you may not have the coverage you need.
That’s why Southern Roofing Texas offers THREE different warranties that include coverage for your ENTIRE roofing system.
What is Southern Roofing’s 3-Part Roofing System?
Because Southern Roofing Texas is a GAF factory certified installer, we can offer you an upgrade to a GAF Certified 3-Part Weather Stopper Roof Protection System, backed by a variety of GAF warranties, along with our own transferrable leak warranty.
What Is GAF’s “Smart Choice® Protection Period”?
GAF’s warranties come with a special provision called the Smart Choice® Protection Period that provides extra coverage against manufacturing defects during the critical early years of your new roof. During this period, in the event that you experience a manufacturing defect on covered components, GAF will provide you with 100% replacement materials and the reasonable cost of labor to install them. This is important because some roofing warranties may only provide replacement materials, but not the labor to install them.
What Is The GAF Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty?
The GAF Weather Stopper® System Plus Ltd. Warranty provides coverage against manufacturing defects for all major GAF components on your roof (not just your shingles). Now you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that, if any covered roofing component fails, it will be covered by the warranty (see Ltd. Warranty for Complete Coverage and Restrictions). The warranty is available through GAF’s factory-certified contractors, and is a low-cost way to get up to 50 years of non-prorated coverage (against manufacturing defects) on your new roofing system. For the small additional cost of the System Plus Ltd. Warranty you get the best value for your investment.
How Can I Also Get Coverage Against Workmanship?
Southern Roofing Texas provides our own warranty (Southern Roofing Texas Limited Workmanship Warranty™). We provide you a leak protection warranty. This warranty provides you with labor to repair any leak resulting from workmanship. What is not covered is leaks resulting from storm damage or any penetration caused by falling debris or any interior damage (see your Southern Roofing Texas Limited Workmanship Warranty™ for complete coverage and restrictions).
This warranty is transferrable, but limits coverage to the original owner and the first subsequent owner as long as the new owner notifies the manufacturer of the change in ownership.
Can I get a GAF Workmanship Warranty?
Yes. GAF’s Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty covers both manufacturing defects and installers workmanship (see GAF Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions). Whether or not the installer remains in business, GAF will stand behind their warranty for 25 years! The Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty is available only through Southern Roofing Texas, who is a GAF factory certified installer. It is the strongest warranty available.