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All about roof warranties

by ezailprum last modified Jan 04, 2014 02:04 AM
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All about roof warranties

Posted by ezailprum at January 04. 2014

Having your roof replaced is a huge investment. It’s understandable that you’ll want to protect that investment with a warranty. When it comes to roof warranties, there are two types. One is the manufacturer warranty that guarantees the quality of the roofing materials and the other is the roofer’s warranty that guarantees the workmanship of the roof’s installation. Both are very important and you should know the details of those warranties before roofers remove the first shingle.

The manufacturer’s warranty

Most manufacturer’s warranties look pretty identical though there are some differences depending on the materials used. More durable roofing materials will typically come with a longer warranty than your standard asphalt shingle roof. A standard manufacturer warranty will typically cover the cost of the shingles only. In most cases, the warranty will not extend to labor to replace defective shingles or interior damage caused by faulty shingles. The manufacturer warranty will cover the cost of the shingles if they are found to be defective. Defects typically under warranty include thermal splitting, premature granule loss, and warped or curling shingles. While all roofs eventually wear out over time, these issues shouldn’t occur within the first few years after the roof’s installation.

It’s important to know that a manufacturer warranty can also be voided. There are a number of different circumstances that can cause a warranty to be voided. In order for the warranty to remain in force the roof must be installed by a qualified contractor and in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications. The roof must also have proper ventilation. The warranty can also be voided if the homeowner fails to regularly inspect and maintain the roof.

The roofer’s warranty

Not all roof problems are a result of defective materials. Even high quality roofing materials can be ineffective if installed improperly. For this reason, qualified roofing contractors will warranty their workmanship. The roofer’s warranty guarantees that the roof is installed properly. If issues arise and the problem is the quality of the installation itself, the contractor would need to replace the roof. Like a manufacturer’s warranty, the roofer’s warranty can be voided as well. Most roofer’s warranties include a clause that the warranty is void if another contractor works on the roof after it is installed.

So if you’re getting ready to have your roof replaced, make sure you ask about the manufacturer’s warranty and the roofing contractor’s warranty. Make sure you understand the details of these warranties in case issues do arise with your new roof.

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