How To Choose the Best Materials and Warranties for Your New Roof
Replacing your roof can feel like a hectic time. It is an extensive project that will affect your home life as it is in progress. Not only that, but it will require a significant investment to complete the project. Perhaps you were able to plan for the end of your roof’s life cycle. Maybe severe weather damaged your roof, leaving you with unexpected expenses. Regardless of why you need a new roof, you will want to be sure that you have a quality roof that will protect your home from the elements. There are three things that will ensure that your will end up with a quality roof. You will need an experienced contractor you can trust, the best materials possible along with rock solid warranties. Let’s break down what that means for you, the homeowner.
Built to Last
You will want to be confident that the materials used for your roof are of the highest quality. You need materials that will last for years to come as they withstand the elements. From howling winds to torrential downpours to the unrelenting beating of the sun, your roof will need to stand up to a lot. Every single day, your roof will take on some sort of wear and tear. This is why it is crucial that you choose the best possible materials. This may seem easier said than done, but with some light research – you will be able to find quality materials that you would be proud to have for your home.
GAF is the nation’s best selling shingle and with good reason. Their asphalt based shingles are designed with specific regions in mind. Within their Timberline line of shingles, they have types designed for hail prone areas, high winds, high moisture or sun. Some manufacturers take a “one size fits all” approach to their shingle design, while GAF understands that different regions have different climates and designs their shingles accordingly.
Warranties Offer Peace of Mind
As you are sourcing your materials, you notice that most manufacturers offer a warranty on their products. Having a warranty protects you as the homeowner by ensuring that you won’t need to pay anything out of pocket should the materials carry a manufacturing defect or in the event of poor workmanship. You’ve already gone through all of the steps to replace your roof, you shouldn’t be held responsible for issues that are no fault of your own.
With that in mind, what should you look for in a warranty? Your materials will almost certainly carry a warranty but there are some key factors you should consider. What is the duration of the warranty? Regardless of whether you plan to sell your home shortly after your roof replacement or not – the longer the warranty the better. A longer warranty gives you peace of mind that should an issue arise over time, you will still be able to claim it against your warranty. It would also be wise to take advantage of any workmanship warranty offers available either through your contractor or the manufacturer. This way nearly any defect or mistake will be under warranty.
Perhaps the most important decision you make throughout this process is your roofing contractor. You need someone you can rely on to not only complete the project on time and on budget, but you need to be confident that they are skilled professionals who will treat your home with the same care they would treat their own.
Beyond reading reviews online, there are a few telltale signs you are working with a contractor you can trust. If they arrive for your consultation on time and are focused on your home, you are likely working with a great contractor. If their formal bid is reasonably in line with what you had discussed – with the differences – explained, you are working with a transparent roofing contractor. You can use your initial interactions as your guide as to whether or not the company you are talking to is the right roofing contractor for you.
The Only Choice to Make
MNRC delivers quality workmanship while only working with the best roofing materials on the market. We are proud to serve the Twin Cities as the premier roofing and siding contractors in the area. If it’s time to replace your roof, reach out today!