Understanding the basics of a roofing warranty
Putting time and money into a new roof for your home or business means you want to do everything in your power to protect it and keep it in great condition for as long as possible. Protecting your roof with a warranty is the right step in this direction. It’s important to know exactly what your roofing warranty covers and the timeframe in which the warranty is valid. There are different types of warranties for every contractor, so here are a few general guidelines to look for when considering one:
A roofing workmanship warranty provides coverage against any installation errors. As you want your roof to last as long as possible, a workmanship warranty is important to consider. The duration of this warranty differs by contractor, so be sure to ask yours how long this type of coverage will last. You want to make sure a workmanship warranty is covering a range of common issues, like leaks, and check for specifics to ensure a timeframe is noted. Most roofing issues occur from an installation error, so this type of warranty is great to keep in mind.
A roofing manufacturer material warranty is one of the most common warranties on the market. This type of warranty comes from the manufacturer of your roofing materials and offers protection on anything they used that is defective. This type of warranty only covers materials that were used by your manufacturer, so if something else on your roof is defective and was done elsewhere, it would not be covered. Every warranty depends on the type of material used and the manufacturer, but a standard material warranty will last anywhere from 10 to 30 years.
A full-system warranty is good for both material manufacturer and workmanship-related defects. This type of warranty typically covers issues regarding underlayment, shingles and flashings, along with any other materials used in the installation process. A full-system warranty can also cover the full cost of repairing leaks and other labor-related issues. As a result, this type of warranty can generally be more expensive than just a manufacturer material warranty or a workmanship warranty.
At American Roofing & Waterproofing, we want to ensure the best installation and materials are being used so your investment in us is worthwhile. Not all roofing warranties offer the same level of service, so it is important to review the terms and conditions and talk directly to your contractor about any concerns you may have. We’re here to offer open and honest services and contracts and to answer any questions regarding your concerns.