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How to Get the Best Roofing Warranty

Bade Roofing - Thursday, January 03, 2019

There are many factors to consider when it comes to identifying warranty priorities for a given roofing system project, so many that the task often leaves facility professionals feeling overwhelmed.

 


 

Asking yourself the following questions will help you to identify the warranty priorities on your next roofing system project.

 

What kind of roofing system coverage do we truly need?

There are a wide range of offered warranties—some that only cover materials and others covering both labor and materials. Just as their name implies, material-only warranties back the materials supplied by the manufacturer, protecting facility managers and owners against manufacturing defects that may cause leaks. However, material-only warranties don’t cover the roofing system’s installation, nor do they include any on-site inspections. In fact, when it comes to remedy provisions, these types of warranties generally send out a patch kit or replacement material.

 

With labor and materials warranties, the roofing system has coverage for both the products and their installation. These warranties require total system installation by licensed or approved contractors as well as inspection by the manufacturer’s technical representative. Remedies vary but in general the warranty includes repairs for defective workmanship and replacing leak-causing materials. For the most cost-effective, comprehensive warranty solutions, consider those that cover both labor and materials.

 

Should we get a no dollar limit, original cost, or prorated warranty?

When you have a “no dollar limit” warranty, manufacturers will spend whatever it costs to repair a roofing system leak. An “original cost” warranty has manufacturers obligated to repair leaks costing up to the total of the “original cost” of the roofing purchase. Same as with your car’s tires, prorated warranties diminish in value over their lifespan. For the best warranty coverage, go for “no dollar limit” and “non-prorated” warranties.

 

If our roof leaks, would we use the warranty or file an insurance claim?

While a manufacturer’s warranty covers leak repairs, it won’t cover consequential damages. If your roof leaks and damages property interiors, this is when your facility might file an insurance claim to cover these items. However, roofing warranties have exclusions. In general, they are limited to leaks caused by storms incurring certain wind speeds. Damages incurred during a Category 5 hurricane, for example, are not going to be covered by a roofing warranty. While a warranty might include damages caused by 55 mph winds, roofing manufacturers aren’t obligated to fix a leak resulting from a Category 1 hurricane with 74 to 95 mph winds. In the event of a hurricane, or reasons excluded from a roofing warranty, facility professionals may be filing an insurance claim.

 

Who backs the warranty, the manufacturer or the contractor?

Facility professionals will want a manufacturer’s warranty. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. So how do you ensure your roof is installed properly for the best warranty coverage? Manufacturers recognize contractors who continually install their products with the utmost quality. From Versico’s Gold Medal Award (for providing high-quality installations on a consistent basis) to Firestone’s Inner Circle of Quality Award (one of the most prestigious honors in the commercial roofing industry), and Carlisle’s Hall of Fame (for completing at least 250 "Perfect 10" roofing installations, a category that recognizes superior workmanship, consistency and continued dedication to perfection), Bade Roofing has earned these awards year after year.

 

    

 

Which warranty will make our roofing system last the longest?

Warranties aren’t the reason why a roofing system lasts a long time. A roofing system’s longevity depends on its quality, design, materials, installation and roofing maintenance. When developing your warranty plan, be sure routine maintenance complements it. Monitor who has access to your roof to prevent damage, allowing only certain staff to walk the roof after a storm to remove debris and unclog drains.

 

When you approach a roofing project and its warranty with realistic expectations, work with trusted manufacturers and contractors, and implement a preventative maintenance plan, you are taking the best steps to protect the investment you’ve made in your roof.

 

Bade Roofing Receives Three Top Industry Honors for Roofing Installation Excellence

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Commercial roofing specialist Bade Roofing is proud to announce that it was honored with three prestigious industry awards in 2016 - the Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award, the Versico Excalibur Reward and the Versico Gold Medal Quality Award.

 

 

The Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the commercial roofing industry awarded through Firestone Building Products. Contractors receiving the award are recognized at Firestone's annual Master Contractor Event. Additionally, award winners are eligible to participate in Firestone's Community Service Program and Inner Circle Insurance Program.

In order to qualify for the award, master contractors must:

 

  • Install a minimum of four, eight (8) warranted roofs in a year and four warranted roofs per year for each of the four prior years
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  • Maintain at least two million square feet of roof under warranty
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  • Achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.25 or less
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  • Achieve Master Contractor Status
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Bade Roofing was also honored in 2016 with two awards from Versico Roofing Systems (manufacturers of single-ply roofing systems) - an Excalibur Reward and a Gold Medal Quality Award. With the Excalibur rewards program, points are awarded to Versico-authorized contractors for each square foot of both warranted and non-warranted roofing materials that they purchase and install according to Versico's high quality standards.

 

 

Versico's Gold Medal Quality Award identifies the Versico contractors who have set themselves apart by providing high-quality installations on a consistent basis. The award recipients demonstrate to the public, their clients and their colleagues that they take pride in their profession and are dedicated to raising the bar for performance within the industry, according to Versico program documents.

The minimum requirements for a Versico Gold Medal Quality Contractor include:

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  • A minimum of three years as a Versico-authorized roofing contractor
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  • Must meet certain volume requirements in terms of square feet installed and number of projects
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  • Have three consecutive years of warranted installations
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  • Have less warranty claims, repeat inspections and dollars spent on warranty repairs than a majority of Versico-authorized roofing contractors

 

"We are proud to honor the most elite group of roofing professionals that contribute to our commitment in providing services that promote outstanding craftsmanship and long-term quality. Our Gold Medal Quality Contractors achieve outstanding inspection ratings on a job-by-job basis and are evidence of the high standards that we set for all of our contractors and system installations," says Versico Roofing Systems.


Bade is a multiple year recipient of the Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award and a multiple year recipient of the Versico Excalibur Reward.

 

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How to Avoid Roof Damage

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A roof is a big investment, one you want to protect so it lasts for as many years as possible. That’s why it’s essential to watch for the most common roof problems. Catching roof damage early and repairing it can save you thousands of dollars and in some cases, the cost of replacing the entire roof. Here are important steps to take to avoid roof damage.

 

Work with a professional. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. When a roof system’s materials are not properly installed, the likelihood of problems dramatically increases and the roof system’s life expectancy is reduced.

 

Routine inspections and maintenance. None of us have any control over the weather but we can control our reaction to it. Moisture from wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, and debris can get under the layers of roof and cause leaks, mold and rot. Having your roof routinely inspected and maintained can identify problems and stop leaks from getting any worse.

 

Evict the critters. You’d be amazed at the surprising amount of damage small animals, birds, and insects can cause. You’re better off evicting them before they get a foot in the door, let alone a foothold.

 

Properly installed flashing. Flashing seals the areas around vent pipes, sky lights, chimneys and HVAC units. In addition to open seams and laps that can ultimately cause tiles to blow off, improperly installed flashing also reduces the puncture resistance in your roof.

 

Proper drainage. A sure sign of a problem is water that stands or ponds on a roof. Debris from fallen tree branches and leaves as well as improper drainage around HVAC units and gutters are all common causes for ponding water. Routine inspections and maintenance should identify and resolve any drainage problems with your roof.

 

Inspect sealant and flashings regularly. With the recent hail experienced here in St. Louis in recent weeks, many roofing systems have sustained damage in the form of punctures and penetrations in roofing materials. Inspecting the sealant and flashing around penetrations added after the roofing was completed should be conducted.

 

Cut back trees. If a tree is close enough to your building to pose a threat to your business, you’ll want to have it trimmed or removed. Tree branches can fall on a roof and cause serious damage. Overhanging tree limbs can rub on roofing materials and wear away the protective top layer.

 

Install walkways. Walking on your roof can cause damage. This is why many professional roofers install walkways with double the roofing materials to allow access to HVAC and other areas.

 

Proper Ventilation. An integral part of making a roof last is proper roof and attic ventilation. If ventilation is left unchecked, heat and moisture can build up resulting in damage to rafters, sheathing, insulation and rising energy costs. Additionally, you could also encounter mold and mildew problems.

 

When you follow these important steps you’re doing what it takes to avoid roof damage and getting the most out of the investment you’ve made in your roof.


 


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954