You’ve probably heard that when you choose a roofing contractor, you should look for one with the right qualifications, great reviews, and an excellent warranty. But you may not have heard an in-depth explanation of why each of these is so vital to your roof. Here are four reasons why you need to choose a contractor who offers a great warranty.
1. Protect Your Monetary Investment
One of mistake that reputable contractors commonly warn against is having your roof installed by storm chasers (contractors, or people posing as contractors, who come to town to fix roofs after a storm). If a roof installer simply throws a new roof onto your home and then leaves the state, you can’t rely on them to come back out for maintenance or repairs later on.
Having a local contractor means that someone who knows all about your roof will be nearby to help if anything goes wrong. But even more importantly, hiring a local contractor who guarantees their work means the contractor is personally invested in making sure your roof doesn’t fail early.
Since many roof installation issues (such as too few nails, lack of underlayment, or omitted flashing) can cause problems or even make the entire roof fail prematurely, having a responsible contractor to back up this huge investment is critical.
2. Ensure Your Roof Stays in Great Shape
A manufacturer’s warranty only goes so far. And even a great contractor is still human; even if they have a perfect track record, they’re still capable of making a mistake. But an experienced, honest contractor will realize this and will offer to be responsible for any mistakes by providing a warranty that guarantees great roof performance.
If your roof experiences problems after the installation, this contractor will be willing to come out and take a look to see what’s wrong and if it might be caused by an installation error. Right after a large roof project, you likely don’t have much of a roof repair budget.
On the other hand, neglecting any problems would simply allow them to escalate. So knowing that any potential installation errors are financially covered can be a big load off your shoulders.
3. Know You’re Working With an Honest Contractor
A contractor who’s proud of their skills and work ethic is exactly the sort of person you want to work on your roof. After all, you can’t supervise all the work in person and even if you could, you’re probably not a roof expert, so you can’t necessarily keep workers from taking shortcuts that could cause problems later.
An experienced contractor, on the other hand, knows they’ll have to ensure quality work from all of their employees in order to safeguard their reputation. When they offer a great warranty, the contractor is putting not only their reputation but also their money on the line. This is added assurance that they’ll get the job done right the first time.
4. Reduce Chances of Voiding Manufacturer’s Warranty
If you’ve ever tried to navigate the tricky waters of manufacturer warranties versus contractor guarantees versus insurance claims, you realize that these things can get very complicated very quickly. Even a contractor who stands behind their work isn’t liable for any product defects; that’s the manufacturer’s department.
However, on the flip side, the manufacturer’s products can still be damaged by improper work technique, and in that scenario the manufacturer won’t pay up at all. This makes sense from the manufacturer’s point of view, but it can be nerve-wracking for a homeowner.
A contractor who guarantees their work knows how important the manufacturer’s warranty is. They’ll realize just how many things can void that warranty, and they’ll know just how to install roof products according to manufacturer recommendations so that the warranty will stay intact.
As you can see, a great warranty from your roofing contractor can be just as important as a great warranty from the roofing manufacturer. For more information on Cloise & Mike Construction, Inc. and our twenty-year guarantee, get in touch today.