Similar to a residential roofing system, a commercial roof is a building’s first line of defense against the elements. However, there are instances when a roof could sustain damage and will have to be repaired immediately. This is where a warranty comes in as it allows you to repair or replace the damage at no cost to you. When buying a commercial roof for your building, however, it’s highly recommended that you first review its warranties.
Here are the things you need to consider when reviewing a commercial roof’s warranty.
Category of Warranty
Believe it or not, the warranty of commercial roofing systems actually come in three categories: no dollar limit, assuring that a manufacturer will cover the costs to repair a the leak in your commercial roof; original cost warranties, where the manufacturer is only obliged to repair the leaks that cost up to the total of the original roofing purchase; and prorated warranties, which diminish its value over the roof’s lifespan. If you want the best coverage for your roof, experts highly recommend that you pick ones categorized as “no dollar limit” for a non-prorated warranty.
Kind of Roofing Coverage
Apart from the category of the warranty, you’ll also need to think about what kind of roofing system coverage you really want for your roof. For instance, there are warranties that exclusively cover labor, materials or both. Material-only warranties are just that: it covers materials supplied by your manufacturer, excluding the installation. On the other hand, labor warranties only cover the installation and not the product itself.
Labor and material warranties, meanwhile, cover both the product and its installation. However, keep in mind that this requires a total system installation by a licensed or approved contractor as well as an inspection by the manufacturer’s technical representative. If you want a comprehensive warranty solution, make sure that you get a labor and material warranty.
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