A roofing warranty is an agreement between a homeowner and a roofing company or manufacturer. It’s designed to provide financial protection against unexpected damage caused by faulty workmanship or materials used to install a new roof. While it doesn’t replace homeowners insurance, it can be an invaluable safeguard if something goes wrong with your new roof. In this post, Fields Roof Service, Inc. will explain its types and various aspects you should know about.
Types of Roofing Warranties
Two types of roofing warranties protect most roofing materials today. A manufacturer’s warranty covers defects in materials used to install a new roof. A contractor’s warranty, meanwhile, covers labor and craftsmanship errors made during installation. It is worth noting that both types typically require regular roof maintenance as part of their terms and conditions.
Reasons to Qualify for a Roofing Warranty
Having a roofing warranty provides peace of mind. It relieves you of liability for anything that goes wrong due to roof material defects or poor installation. Some manufacturer warranties may include repairs or replacements from the contractor who installed it at no additional cost. Your warranties may also cover roofing accessories such as flashing, ridge caps and gutters.
Different Aspects of Roofing Warranties
The duration of a roofing warranty depends on the type of roof and the manufacturer or contractor. Generally, warranties for asphalt shingle roofs can last between 20 to 30 years. On the other hand, some manufacturers can offer lifetime warranties on materials and labor for as long as the original homeowner owns the property.
The terms and conditions of a warranty highlights the full extent of the coverage. If you find some information on the fine print confusing, get in touch with your roofer for clarification.
Some manufacturers allow homeowners to transfer their existing roof warranty to the next homeowner. Note that some roofing warranties are not transferable, so consult with your contractor to learn about their transferability availability and process.
Most roofing warranties have exclusions. For instance, some will exclude normal wear and tear, such as fading of shingles or minor damage caused by hail or high winds. Furthermore, most warranties do not cover damage resulting from neglect or a lack of maintenance.
For your residential roofing needs, turn to Fields Roof Service, Inc. As a GAF Certified Master Elite® roofing contractor, we install high-quality roofing systems backed by industry-leading warranties, including the Golden Pledge® limited warranty. It offers 50-year coverage on materials and 25-year coverage on installation. The warranty also includes roof tear-off and disposal (when necessary), along with coverage against high winds and algae.