It can be tough to decide whether to purchase an extended warranty. How many times have you bought a warranty for a TV set, computer or dishwasher and never cashed it in? Probably several.
So does it make sense to spend the money on a warranty for a new roof? Will a warranty actually save you money or it will be another unused piece of paper?
When it comes to a major home purchase, such as new A/C unit, electrical system or roof, a home warranty can save you some serious cash in the long run.
To ensure you get the best warranty for your home’s new roof, ask these three questions:
1. What exactly does the warranty cover?
Sometimes a warranty only protects parts or labor. Find out if it includes both a manufacturer’s warranty, which covers the materials, as well as a company warranty to cover problems with the installation or repairs.
2. How long does each warranty last?
Be sure you know the length of the individual warranties. Often portions of the warranty, such as the workmanship coverage, are good for only two to five years, but your roof may last 20 years or more. Inquire about an extended warranty to give you that additional coverage period. Also compare the available warranties to find one with the most significant coverage.
3. What’s in the fine print?
Make certain you understand all the specifics within the warranty, including how to report an issue and, most importantly, a typical timeframe for repairs. Also find out if the warranty is transferrable to a new owner should you sell your home; this can be a great selling point for a potential buyer.
Even seemingly minor roof repairs can come with a hefty price tag, so investing in a home warranty is a great way to keep costs at bay. It’s also worth having an annual roof inspection to address small issues before they become big problems.
A roof inspector should check things like shingles and tiles and worn flashing to ensure everything is properly sealed. They should also review of the underlying area of the roof, including the eaves and frames. The inspector will make a detailed record (ask for your own copy), so you can fix anything before it becomes a more costly issue.
A new roof is a sizable investment, so you’ll want to do everything you can to extend its lifespan and save yourself money down the road.
Give yourself the peace of mind that your roof is covered by investing in a warranty and the services of a great local roofing company like Tri County Roofing.
Since 1973, Tri County Roofing and Siding has been providing Charleston area families with high-quality craftsmanship and customer service. So whether you need your roof inspected, repaired or installed, Tri County has the experience and know-how to get the job done right.
To get a free service estimate or for more information about Tri County services, visit tricountyroofingsc.com or call (843) 572-2175.