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Exposed: The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to Understanding Roof Warranties Every Homeowner Must Know!

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Hello there, fellow Michigander! If you’re a property owner in our beautiful state, particularly in the West Michigan region, you know that we have some unique weather. I’ve been a roofing contractor in this area for many years, and I can tell you that a roof warranty can be a property owner’s best friend. But what exactly is a roof warranty, and why should you care about it? Let’s dive into the process of understanding roof warranties!

Understanding the Basics of Roof Warranties

Now, when we talk about understanding roof warranties, we’re talking about a guarantee that your roof will perform as promised for a certain period of time. Think of it as a promise from the people who made your roof, or the ones who installed it, to stand by their work. And trust me, when you’re dealing with West Michigan’s weather, you want that assurance.

There are two main types of warranties to keep in mind: manufacturer warranties and workmanship (or contractor) warranties. Manufacturer warranties cover the materials used for your roof, while workmanship warranties cover the installation process. I remember a phone call a few years back where a worried homeowner called after they had a roof leak not long after a recent installation. It turned out the issue wasn’t with the materials, but with the installation process their original contractor performed. The contractor they had originally complete the work refused to take responsibility for the leaking and cause. Thankfully, they had a workmanship warranty, and our team was able to diagnose the problem stemming from the original installation forcing the original contractor to complete the repairs at no additional cost to the homeowner.

Types of Roof Warranties with GAF & Owens Corning Roofing

Roof warranties come in different shapes and sizes. You’ve got your prorated warranties, which decrease in value over time, and non-prorated ones, like the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty, where you get the full value of the warranty for the entire term. Understanding roof warranties means knowing the difference.

The GAF Golden Pledge Warranty is one of the strongest in the industry, offering a 50-year coverage on materials and a 25-year coverage on workmanship. It’s a non-prorated warranty, meaning the value doesn’t decrease over time. Then there are material-only warranties, which cover just the roofing materials, labor-only warranties, which cover only the installation work, and system warranties, like those offered by Owens Corning, which cover both.

Owens Corning offers a range of extended warranties to residential property owners for asphalt shingle roof replacement. These can last for decades, providing peace of mind with coverage for both materials and workmanship. There are also limited warranties that cover a shorter period. Think about what you need and what you can afford, and choose accordingly. With a variety of options available, from the comprehensive protection of the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty to the extended coverage offered by Owens Corning, you can find a roof warranty that suits your needs.

The Importance of a Roof Warranty in West Michigan

West Michigan has some of the most unpredictable weather I’ve ever seen. One day it’s sunny, the next it’s snowing, and then we have a rainstorm. Your roof has to withstand all of this and more. Without a proper roof warranty, you might find yourself shelling out a hefty sum for repairs or replacements. I’ve seen it happen too many times. A warranty is like a safety net, catching those unexpected costs and keeping you dry (literally and financially).

What to Look for in a Roof Warranty

When you’re understanding roof warranties, make sure you know what’s covered and what’s not. Some warranties might exclude certain types of damage, like wind or hail damage. Others might not cover damage caused by improper maintenance. Pay special attention to whether the warranty is transferable. If you sell your property, can the warranty be passed on to the new owner? This can be a great selling point.

How to Make a Claim on a Roof Warranty

Making a claim on a roof warranty isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Most of the time, you’ll need to contact the warranty provider, provide some information about the problem, and they’ll guide you through the process. If a claim is denied, don’t panic. You have the right to appeal. I recall a customer who had a claim denied because of a misunderstanding about the cause of the damage. We helped them gather more evidence, they appealed, and the claim was approved.

Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor in West Michigan

Lastly, I can’t stress enough the importance of choosing the right roofing contractor. A local, experienced roofing contractor knows the unique needs of West Michigan properties and can provide you with the best advice and service. Check their credibility, ask for references, and make sure they’re licensed and insured. And remember, a good contractor will help you navigate the warranty process.


Phew! That was a lot of information, but I hope it helps you in understanding roof warranties and why a roof warranty is so important, especially for us in West Michigan. Don’t forget, a solid roof warranty is your shield against the unpredictable weather and unexpected expenses. Take care of your roof, and it will take care of you. Stay dry, friends!

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