Whenever you have roof work done, it's important to make sure you understand the roof warranty you are getting so there is no confusion down the road. When getting a new roof or roof replacement, you should receive two warranties: a workmanship warranty from your roofing contractor, and a manufacturers warranty from the company that supplies the roof materials.
Many roofing companies in Hawaii offer 5 year warranties, while Maui Roofs & Repairs stands behind their work with a 7 year workmanship warranty - the longest warranty that the Hawaii roof industry allows. As certified installers for many manufacturers, we are able to offer an even longer workmanship warranty depending on the type of materials you want to have installed. Manufacturers provide warranties as long as 20, 30, and 50+ years, so it's well worth it to invest in the best roof materials you can afford.
One reason why it's important to work with a professional roofing contractor, (among many) is to ensure that you will receive the full warranty that is available to you. The last thing you want is to find out that your new roof is having issues, and the manufacture won't help because the contractor that ordered and/or installed the materials wasn't actually a licensed roofer.
Roofing is a licensed trade and if your roofing contractor is not licensed or insured it indicates a lack of professionalism. Most roof manufacturers offer great warranties, but they will not stand behind materials that were installed by an unlicensed roofer. This is worth noting, as unlicensed contractors of all kinds are common in Hawaii, especially roofers. Save yourself the trouble and work with a trusted roofing company that has the qualifications and experience to get the job done right the first time.
A roofing warranty and the peace of mind that comes with it, may sometimes be the deciding factor between investing in a full re-roof rather than opting for a patch or temporary repair. Though everyone's roof and situation is different, it's nearly impossible for a roofer to guarantee how long a patch or repair will keep leaks away from your entire roof. The way to ensure you will be worry-free about your roof for decades to come, is to have your roof installed start to finish by a professional roofing company, and then to have it maintained as needed and inspected for damage annually. This way, any weather related damage is caught early on and taken care of before leaks have a chance.