What You Need to Know About Roofing Warranties – Part 1: Understanding What a Roofing Warranty Is

Just as there is an appropriate roofing system to fit the specific needs of a home, there is a warranty for every new roof installed. You’ll be talking about roofing warranties with your contractor many times during the course of your project, so make sure you have a thorough understanding of them. After all, a roof replacement is a huge and complex project, usually taking a considerable amount of your time and money. Should anything go wrong after the work is done, whether it’s leaks or other damage, you’ll be shelling out more cash to fix the problems. This is where a solid roofing warranty comes in.

Understanding What a Roofing Warranty Is

What Is a Roofing Warranty?

Simply put, a roofing warranty is a guarantee that ensures your new system is properly installed and will provide the superior and lasting performance expected of it. When specific conditions are met, a roofing warranty will also cover the repair, or even replacement, of a new system should issues arise.

Roofing warranties, however, may vary by situation because each product and its installation is unique. That’s why you should ask your roofing contractor to provide you with all the essential information before work starts on your replacement. Which manufacturer does your contractor represent? What warranty does a specific roofing material have? Knowing what to expect helps cut back on mistakes -and minimizes regrets – later on.

Who Will Back Your Roofing Warranty?

The manufacturer may cover the repairs, but only if the leak is caused by a product defect. If they find out the new roof has failed due to homeowner’s neglect or any action that violates the terms and conditions, they may void the coverage of the included warranty. Additionally, any consequential water damage that may have occurred because of the leak will require the filing of an insurance claim. It will not be covered by the manufacturer. If the primary reason for the leak is sloppy installation, you may turn to the contractor who has worked on it for the necessary solutions.

Overall, when investing in a new roof,  you should make sure to deal only with reliable roofing contractors who offer products from the leading manufacturers. This way, when something goes wrong, you and your investment are better protected.

Stay tuned for the second installment of our three-part blog series, where we’ll look into the details of what your roofing warranties should cover.