How To Tell The Difference Between Roofing Warranties

When you are looking into a roof replacement, you want the best contractor for the job. Beyond that, you need a company who will offer you the right warranties to cover you for the long haul. You need a number of things for your warranty coverage. Here are a few to consider.

A Company with a Long History

The first thing you will want to think through is whether or not the company has a proven track record. If they are short-lived and may disappear tomorrow, it doesn’t matter how good your warranty looks. If they aren’t around to cover it, it’s useless. So make it a top priority to choose a roofing contractor with a proven history.

Term Period

The next thing you will want to know is how long the warranty lasts. Some warranties will range from 5-10 years, which is pretty standard. But there are more advanced warranties that can last from 15-50 years. Think about how long you will be in the home and what kind of coverage you want on the materials.


Most roofing materials come with some kind of warranty. These generally standard warranties don’t cost you any money. The companies will also offer you extended warranties which may cost extra money. Those warranties last longer and give you more benefits so you have to weigh your options on cost versus what could happen in the future.

Transfer Capabilities

Standard warranties generally start and end with you. If you are moving soon in the future, it’s over for the warranty. The new homeowner is left with no warranty on the roofing material. If you upgrade to another warranty, it might allow you at least a one-time transfer to a new owner, which potential buyers find very attractive.


There are often things that are excluded from warranties, so be certain of what is covered and what is left out. The materials are generally covered for defects, but the costs for labor installation may not be covered.

At Midwest Roofing, Siding & Windows, we give you a lifetime guarantee on our workmanship. We stand behind our work 100% and we want you to know you’re getting the best. We’ll go over the warranty options in detail with you so you understand all of the choices and can make an informed decision as to what is best for your home.

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