It covers material defects, which is normally covered by the
manufacturer. This is the most interesting part:
How Do I Get Coverage Against Workmanship Errors?
Many roofing contractors provide their own warranty against errors in
workmanship, sometimes for as long as ten years or more. Obviously,
that coverage is only good for as long as the contractor remains in
business. Since roofing is a “high turnover” occupation, the majority
of roofing contractors are out of business within five years—far less
than the life of your new roof—making the warranty worthless and
leaving you with nowhere to turn in the event that you have a
Are There Any Manufacturers Who Will Cover The Contractor’s
Until relatively recently, there were no manufacturers that provided
warranty coverage against errors in the contractors’ workmanship.
Recognizing this obvious need, GAF-Elk introduced the Golden Pledge®
Ltd. Warranty—the first manufacturer’s warranty to cover both material
defects and the contractor’s workmanship (see ltd. warranty for
complete coverage and restrictions). Whether or not your contractor
remains in business, GAF-Elk will stand behind his workmanship for 20
years! The Golden Pledge® Ltd. Warranty is available only through GAF-
Elk Master Elite™ Contractors, who are factory-certified by GAF-Elk.
The warranty even includes an inspection by GAF-Elk’s independent
inspectors after your new roof has been completed to insure proper
installation. It is the strongest, safest warranty available in
roofing today. Your Master Elite Contractor can provide a price for
the warranty when he gives you a quote for your new roof.
So your roofer is not offering the warranty that covers his mistakes
when he's no longer in business, he's just passing along the
manufacturer's warranty on material defects. Considering that the
vast majority of roofing problems are installation errors I don't see
the Plus warranty offering that much more protection. If it's
included free, great.
Most "sell through warranties" have about a 50% profit margin. If the
mfg is providing the warranty and the roofer is selling it for $250 then
his cost should be about $125.
Then again, this might not be a "sell through warranty" so it's actual
value or cost to the roofer could be next to nothing. In that case you
can't expect any negotiating room. Take the warranty and hope you never
need it. It's probably not worth much.
What I would do is first ask who is responsible for providing the
warranty coverage. If it is the mfg, then I'd ask for $250 discount
without the warranty with the aim of reaching an agreement for $100-125
discount with no extended warranty.
Just my 2 cents worth.
Go look at the guys work. Talk to the past customers....Get up and look at
the roof. See who is installing it. Warranties always have clauses in
them......as per installation process.....
they can find many reasons to negate the warranty.......
I would not worry about warranty as much as good building practice and
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