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The System Plus Limited Warranty offers all the features that the first guarantee offers, only with longer periods. Its 100% coverage on material defect is good for 50 years, and the labor reimbursement lasts a lifetime. Once the non-prorated period is up, GAF will shoulder 20% of the labor on repairs in years 51 and beyond.
In addition, this mid-level warranty covers the workmanship and misapplication of certain flashings on your replacement roof in Dallas Texas, for two years. Also, it includes the tear-off costs for material defects.
- Curling or buckling shingles
- Lack of granules making the shingles look bald
- Missing shingles
- Roof sagging
- Moss covering your roof
- Blistering shingles
- Finding granules in the gutter
- They have a local phone number and local physical office location
- Ask for proof that they’re bonded, and insured in your state
- Ask your friends and neighbors for recommendations
- Look at reviews from the last 3 months
- They offer a lifetime workmanship warranty or close to it (25 years)
When trying to find the right type of roofing material, you need to consider the look you want, your budget, and how much life you want to get out of it.
If you’re on a tight budget and looking for affordability, an architectural asphalt shingle roof is probably the best option. But if your budget has some range and you want a roof that stands out more, luxury asphalt shingles are a great option.
If budget isn’t an issue and you want a roof that turns heads, a standing seam metal roof, a composite (synthetic) shingle roof, a cedar shake roof, or a slate roof is the way to go. Just know these are premium roof systems that come at a price most homeowners can’t afford.
The average cost to replace a roof is around $15,000. The price is based on a home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a walkable roof pitch, a little roof complexity, and architectural asphalt shingles. Keep in mind your roofing material has a huge impact on the cost of your new roof. So, if you’re interested in upgrading to a luxury asphalt shingle, you’re looking at paying double.
Actual timeline depends on factors like the size of the roof, how complex it is, how easy it is to access, and the weather. It also depends on the type of roofing material you choose. For example, slate tiles have to be installed one at a time. Compared to architectural asphalt shingles that come on strips that are (around) 40” long, installing slate tiles one by one takes significantly longer. The more roof decking that needs to be changed out can also make a roof replacement take longer.
After your roof is installed, you’ll have two types of warranties to protect your investment. The first warranty will be on the workmanship of the roofing contractor you hire.
The length of your workmanship warranty depends on the local roofing contractor you hire and varies from company to company. They range from 2, 5, 10, 25 years, or even a lifetime warranty.
Remember, you need to look for a roofing contractor that offers a lifetime warranty or close to it. If they don’t offer at least a 10-year workmanship warranty, don’t think about hiring them.
The second warranty is on the roofing materials themselves, and each roofing material offers a different type of material warranty.
For example, asphalt shingles come out of the package with a warranty from the manufacturer. On the other hand, metal roofs come with a warranty on the painted finish that protects the metal panels.
Composite shingles have a limited lifetime warranty that’s prorated after a certain number of years. But when you get to a cedar shake or slate roof, you won’t have a material warranty because they’re naturally made.
Both of these warranties are crucial to protect your roof investment. But as long as you find a great roofing contractor and invest in quality materials, you should get the best warranties available.
You have homeowners insurance to protect your home and, yes, your roof if there’s ever a problem. However, homeowners insurance won’t cover your roof just because it’s leaking. For insurance to cover roof damage, it must be caused by an extreme weather event. This includes straight-line winds (aka damaging winds) during heavy thunderstorms, hail storms, snowstorms, and tornados.
It should also cover roof damage from fallen tree limbs caused during storms or strong wind. Depending on the type of policy you have, homeowners insurance should cover a roof replacement if it’s damaged from any of the above events.
Just know your insurance adjuster and the insurance company have the final say if your claim actually gets approved or not. But as long as the damage is caused by extreme weather, your homeowner’s insurance should cover the expense.