Are roofs typically a problem?
The most common problem discovered and reported by home inspection agencies is the roof. Over 87% of roofs inspected need repairs. A leaky roof can end up costing the homeowner thousands of dollars in damage. Water penetration and roof leaks are the subject of 30% of real estate inspection claims. Roof problems result in 39% of home owner’s insurance claims.
Does the roof have coverage under home warranty plans?
A few home warranty insurance plans offer an option called “roof riders”. This is a one year coverage of the roof. Normal roof coverage, under home warranty plans, is extremely limited and costs extra. When leaks occur, a roofer is sent out by the home warranty company to provide spot roof repairs. Sometimes they will require you to acquire three bids from different roofers instead of sending out a roofer that they already contracted with. Your ability to collect on your rider will depend on the opinion of whoever determines the repair work necessary, unless you happen to have proof of the condition that your roof was in at the time the rider was issued. Cert-A-Roof’s LeakFREE® Certification is a trademarked agreement, making it a superior alternative. Based on a proprietary roof inspection process, we provide assurance and warranty on the condition of the entire roof.
Doesn’t the home inspector inspect the roof?
Visible signs of existing problems are the only thing that home inspectors are allowed to examine. In a normal home inspection, only 46% of roof damage can be seen from the ground. The day of the inspection is the only time at which they are allowed to report on the condition of the roof. The future performance of the roof cannot be guaranteed. Home inspectors will generally recommend a further inspection of the roof by a licensed roofing professional and therefore, defer their opinion until after the inspection can be completed.
What are the LeakFREE® Roof Certification criteria?
Our proprietary process includes these three questions: 1. Is the roof currently leaking? 2. In its current condition, does it have a likelihood of leaking? (Missing shingles, broken tiles, worn felts, etc.) 3. Is the roof not in sufficient condition to be repaired should a leak occur during the certification period? That’s right, these are the only three criteria!
However, if you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then your roof currently does not meet the criteria for the LeakFREE® Roof Certification. In order to qualify your roof, please call (888) ROOF-800 to have your roof professionally inspected.
What does a LeakFREE® Roof Certification cost?
LeakFREE® Roof Inspection Cost
Because roofing costs and the value of a detailed inspection report are both tied to the housing market, our prices vary across different parts of the country. Within each market, our pricing is extremely competitive and fixed for any building up to 2,500 square feet. There is a minimal additional charge per every 100 square feet above 2,500 square feet. We will gladly provide the pricing for your area when you contact us.
LeakFREE® Roof Certification Cost
Once the roof meets the LeakFREE® Roof Certification criteria, a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 year certification can be purchased for an additional fee. The 2-year LeakFREE® Roof Certification is the most requested. Again, our pricing varies by market but we have standard pricing for any building up to 2,500 square feet. Our pricing model is available upon request. We price our certifications aggressively, making it a point to be a very cost-effective alternative to home warranty roof riders.
What happens when a certified roof leaks?
Stopping leaks is a part of our certification process and includes leaks caused by:
- Normal wear-and-tear
- Perils of nature
- Third party damage
When unlikely leaks occur, a priority service call to determine the cause of the leak is made by a Cert-A-Roof member for a nominal fee. This fee is specified on the certificate. If the repair is covered under our repair warranty, or the leak is caused by normal wear-and-tear, no additional cost will be incurred in the remedy of it. Leaks caused by other facts do cost extra, but most often, home owners insurance will cover this. We have experience working with home owners insurance, and will therefore perform associated repairs at a fair price. These repairs are necessary in order to keep the certification in force.
Who needs a roof certification?
All Home Buyers
The condition of the roof should always be a major consideration before buying your home. The roof is one of the most expensive elements of a house and unexpected roof leaks could cost you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs and consequential damages!
If you want to have a faster and smoother transaction and remove your roof related liability at the same time, then a LeakFREE® Roof Certification is the best option because it provides your buyer with two years of protection.