Buying a new roof can be a financial journey. Taking the long view when making your purchasing decision protects your investment in your home, as well as offering protection for all your home contains. Let’s take a look at three things which could be on the horizon:
On the Horizon: Home Value
Most homeowners care a great deal about the value of their homes. Short term roofing materials may restore home value when they are first installed but then quickly lose that value as they streak, stain, and begin to break down. This starts a roller coaster of home values going up and down. Longer term roofing materials which maintain their original looks as they age, on the other hand, add lasting value to a home, making a home more attractive to potential buyers. Especially if you plan to stay in your home for ten or more years, then a roofing product that adds significant lasting home value may be one of your criteria.
On the Horizon: Warranty
If you plan to sell your home, or if your roof is compromised by a storm, the right warranty adds value to your home, while protecting it.
Roof warranties contain a lot of fine print. Knowing that fine print is something you may want to include in your research. Is the warranty prorated? Is it transferable? If it is, how many times? Does it cover specific things or just manufacturer’s defects? Does the warranty provide for repair labor if a failure occurs, or does it just drop off new materials in your driveway? Does it provide wind protection? Hail protection? What sort of workmanship warranty is the contractor giving you? These are all great questions as you review roofing warranties.
You can read about our lifetime, transferable warranty here.
On the Horizon: Longevity and the Need for Experience
In our 37 years of roofing industry experience, we have seen so many residential roofing products come and go. These new products were touted as the “best thing since sliced bread” but, within a few years, we saw that they did not live up to the rigors of a rooftop; products like Woodruff, various fibrous cement products, numerous fiberglass shingles, and several polymer products. All of these failed, resulting in disappointed property owners and, quite often, class action lawsuits. For homeowners who do not wish to endure the difficulty of a roof that fails prematurely, it can be very wise to look for products that have been around for some years – products that are proving they can stand the test of time.