Roofing Warranties Explained: Understanding Your Coverage

By: | August 31st, 2023

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Different warranties are available for roofs. Knowing which one you have can help you get an idea of what is covered. Most are limited and there will be conditions that apply.

Take a moment and read up on these types of roofing warranties to have a greater understanding of your coverage.

Manufacturers’ Warranties

When you have a roof installed or replaced, it is usually covered, at least partially by either manufacturers’ or product warranties. This type of warranty guarantees the materials used against defects or failures for the typical lifespan of those materials. However, defects in materials are quite rare, so this type of coverage really won’t guarantee your roof from premature roof failure through severe weather, insufficient maintenance, or improper installation.

Installation and Contractor Warranties

Choosing a reliable and reputable roofing contractor means you will have someone who offers installation and contractor warranties. These have more protection than manufacturers’ warranties, and you should make sure it is part of your contract. You will want to understand what is covered if something goes wrong.

Many roofing companies will offer a limited guarantee on their work. However, if you use someone else for repair or maintenance, you could void it.

Extended Manufacturers’ Warranty

While this type of warranty will cost more and have more requirements for you to uphold, it will give you more peace of mind. It stays in effect longer and covers defects for materials and installation. These are typically offered to homeowners who work with certified contractors.

What Is Not Covered by Your Roofing Warranty?

Warranties certainly give you some peace of mind, but they don’t cover everything, even if you have an extended warranty. You’ll also have to properly maintain your roof through routine inspections and cleaning or else you may void your coverage.

The following tips can help you protect your roofing warranty.

Always Read the Fine Print

While it’s not the most exciting reading material, reading every part of that warranty is critical. Roof warranties do not guarantee the roof’s performance against every possibility and there are exceptions to the coverage. You should be fully aware before you sign on the line. If you’re working with a good contractor, ask questions and they will be happy to clarify. Make sure that if you want something added to your coverage, that you get it in writing, but be aware it could cost a little more.

Register Your Warranty

Manufacturers’ warranties are usually included with the purchase of your roofing materials. However, you’re responsible for registering and activating it within a specific timeframe. An extended manufacturers’ warranty will be activated for you by your contractor and while they should be diligent, follow up to be sure.

Use the Same Contractor

Using the same contractor ensures you don’t accidentally void your warranty. You’ll also want to stay on top of regular inspections, so set a schedule with them to come out at the right intervals. This will be detailed in your warranty, and for most, it is usually every 2 years.

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