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Most roofing systems will come with a myriad of warranty options. You have the actual contractor’s workmanship warranty and the material manufacturer’s warranty to help you make sure that you don’t have to pay out of pocket should something go wrong with your roofing material. Many major roofing material companies like GAF and Owens Corning offer upgraded warranty systems to give you high-grade peace of mind. Let’s look at the benefits and drawbacks of upgraded warranties including what you need to do to acquire these powerful warranties.

What Does an Upgraded Warranty Entail?

Different roofing material manufacturers have different requirements for their upgraded warranties but there are similar themes involved in all. Let’s take GAF’s System Plus Warranty as an example. To acquire a System Plus Warranty you will need to have a GAF roofing material installed by a GAF certified contractor as well as choose 3 GAF accessories for the roofing system. These accessories to could include GAF manufactured underlayment, ventilation systems or starter shingle courses just to name a few. Your roofing consultant can let you know what different upgraded opportunities their company is familiar with and what they can do for you.

What are the Benefits of an Upgraded Warranty?

Like what you need to have to qualify for different warranties, what benefits an upgraded warranty give to your roof are dependent on the material manufacturer as well. Upgraded warranties may boost the lifetime warranty of your roofing material as well as cover different components of the roofing system such as your ventilation systems or underlayment. With these warranties you can have peace of mind that the material manufacturer will have your back should something go wrong on your system and you can avoid potential out of pocket costs.

Are Upgraded Warranties Worth It?

These upgraded warranties will come with additional costs and it’s hard to be certain if upgraded warranties are worth the cost. This is a time when a roofer that is certified in the material you want on your roof can be a great help. A reliable roofing contractor or company will know your roofing system upon their inspection and let you know the unique advantages that different upgraded warranties can mean for your home and roof.

In the end, upgraded warranties are often worth the extra cost and can give you peace of mind knowing that your whole roofing system is well covered. To find out if an upgraded warranty is worth it, speak with a roofing consultant or contractor that knows the ins and outs of different material upgraded warranty systems.

AUTHOR: Alan Parkes
TITLE: CEO of Roofcorp of Metro Denver Roofing