Understanding the Truth Behind Metal Roofing Warranties
Many consumers associate metal roofing warranties with dependability and performance. In reality, this isn’t always the case.
This misconception is due to suppliers in the roofing industry using warranties to sway buyers—when homeowners see the big, flashy term “lifetime warranty,” they rarely read the fine print or take the time to fully understand what that warranty actually covers.
Even though lifetime warranties are quite popular, they simply cannot guarantee that your installed metal roof will last forever. Remember this: an extended warranty doesn’t automatically equal better coverage or higher performing products. The vast majority of industry insiders believe the best performing product for residential applications is a Galvalume steel substrate with a Kynar 500® (PVDF) coating. However, there are many panels with lower quality substrates and coatings that offer longer term warranties.
So, while you’ll likely take warranties into account when selecting a metal panel, it shouldn’t be your only consideration. That being said, while you’re taking the time to review and compare warranties, below are some major factors you should watch out for.