A new roof, especially a metal roof, is always going to be a sizable investment. That’s why it’s important to learn as much as possible before jumping right in and buying a new roof. 

One of the most important things every homeowner needs to know before paying for a new roof is how it’s covered if there’s ever a problem. The last thing you want is to pay a lot of money for a new metal roof and not know your options if there’s ever a roof leak.

That’s where roof warranties come into play. No matter what type of roof you want, warranties are crucial to your investment and long-term peace of mind. 

We here at Bill Ragan Roofing want homeowners to understand every aspect of their metal roof investment. That’s why we’re going to break down what warranties you get with a residential metal roof replacement. 

By the end of this article, you’ll learn the warranties you get with a metal roof, what they cover, and how long they last. 

What roof warranties do you get with a residential metal roof replacement?

There are 2 types of warranties for your new metal roof, a workmanship warranty and a material warranty. While the workmanship warranty for your new metal roof will be the same as the other roofing materials, the material warranty is a little different. 

A warranty on the painted finish that protects your metal roof panels 

Unlike asphalt shingles, a metal roof doesn’t come with a warranty on the roofing materials themselves. Instead of a material warranty, your new metal roof comes with a paint warranty for the protective coating (painted finish) on the metal roof panels. 

standing seam metal roof

The painted finish is crucial for protecting the color on your metal roof panels and from the wear and tear a roof experiences throughout its life. But the type of paint warranty you get depends on the type of metal roof. 

For a standing seam metal roof, you’ll have a painted finish called Kynar 500 on your metal panels. Kynar 500 is applied to the standing seam metal roof panels through a patented process to ensure the coating complies with the licensing agreement

standing seam metal roof

As long as it’s applied correctly, your standing seam metal roof will have a 30-year warranty on the Kynar 500 painted finish. Be aware, this painted finish is only on standing seam metal roof panels. 

screw down metal roof

A screw down metal roof’s paint warranty depends on the kind of painted finish used on the steel or aluminum panels. You’ll still have color options for your metal panels, but it’ll have a different painted finish than Kynar 500 that fades a lot quicker and won’t last as long.

Your roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty

Every roofing contractor should offer a warranty on their workmanship. This warranty is in place to protect you from careless or lazy work. 

Your roofing contractor’s workmanship warranty only covers the work while installing your metal roof. This means if your metal roofing materials fail or you have leaks because of improper installation, then your contractor is on the hook to fix the problem. 

The length of workmanship warranties varies from contractor to contractor. They usually go from 2, 5, 10, or 25 years. Some companies even give lifetime warranties. 

Your contractor’s workmanship should hold up as long as the materials on your roof hold up. That’s why it’s crucial to hire a roofing contractor that offers a lifetime warranty or close to it (25 years). 

Which metal roof is right for a residential roof replacement?

When considering a metal roof, you have to choose the right one for your specific situation. But is a standing seam metal roof or a screw down metal roof right for your home?  

standing seam metal roof

A standing seam metal roof system is a series of panels that are locked together at the seams or seamed mechanically. This allows for panels to expand and contract freely when the metal heats up.

screw down metal roof

A screw-down panel is just what it's called; it's screwed down. The screws are screwed through the panel, which leaves no room for expansion and contraction.

Because a standing seam metal roof can expand and contract freely, it’s the recommended choice for homeowners looking for an entire metal roof system over their home. A lot of homeowners even like to use this metal roof for accent and aesthetic purposes on front porches, side porches, back porches, and bay windows.

On the other hand, I would not recommend putting a screw-down panel over any heated space such as your home or office. That doesn’t mean you won’t see a home with a screw down metal roof, but I recommend this type of roof system for a carport, garage, back screened-in porch, barn, or anywhere that’s not a living or workspace.

To learn more about how the 2 types of metal roofs compare to each other on key factors, check out this article on metal roofs: standing seam vs. screw down panels

Learn everything you need to know about a standing seam metal roof replacement

Now you know what warranties you get with your metal roof replacement. You also learned a standing seam metal roof system is the right roof system for a residential replacement.

But before reaching out to a roofing contractor for a new standing seam metal roof, there are some important things you need to know. That’s why we’re going to give you the 4 things every homeowner needs to know about a standing seam metal roof replacement.    

The team at Bill Ragan Roofing has proudly provided homeowners in the Nashville area with high-quality metal roof replacements since 1990. We take the time to help you understand which metal roof is right for your specific situation. And after we get done installing your new roof, you’ll have a lifetime warranty on our workmanship. 

To learn the important things you need to know before investing in a new metal roof, check out What is a Standing Seam Metal Roof Replacement? (& 4 Things to Know).

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