Your roof is more than just a protective shield over your head; it's a significant investment in the longevity and value of your home! While the choice of roofing material and the quality of installation are crucial, there's another element that often goes overlooked but is equally essential—the roofing warranty. A roofing warranty serves as your safety net, offering peace of mind in the face of unforeseen issues or damage. In this article, we will delve into the vital topic of roofing warranties, exploring why they are so important for homeowners!
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What is a Roof Warranty?
Purchasing and installing a new roof can be a huge, exciting project – but it can also be quite nerve-wracking, given the fact that roofing is so central to your home’s appearance and longevity! Fortunately, roofing warranties exist to take some of the pressure off of homeowners after the initial installation. A roof warranty is a type of “insurance” that offers the chance for compensation and/or repairs in instances of defective roofing materials or poor workmanship.
Different Types of Roofing Warranties
There are a number of different types of warranties that you’ll encounter as you’re looking to install a new roof, though they can all be divided roughly into two categories: material warranties and workmanship warranties.
Material Warranties (Manufacturer Warranty)
Material warranties are warranties offered by manufacturers that are designed to protect homeowners from roofing failures that occur due to manufacturing errors with materials. If you received shingling or other roofing materials that did not function as they ought to have functioned (extenuating circumstances notwithstanding), you may be able to make a claim with the manufacturer and receive new materials and/or compensation for repairs. Warranties of this kind typically do not cover things beyond the cost of the defective material or the repairs, meaning that things like removal services may come out of pocket. Additionally, a manufacturer’s warranty may not cover failures in products due to other factors, like inclement weather or installation errors.
Workmanship Warranties (Provided by a Contractor)
By contrast, workmanship warranties are warranties designed to cover failures in your roofing system that have occurred due to issues during the actual process of your roof’s installation. These warranties are offered by the contractor with whom you worked to install your roof. The terms of these warranties can vary a great deal, but typically, workmanship warranties cover the cost of materials and labor necessary to repair whatever was defective in your roof. Some warranties even offer coverage of damage to other things that occurred as a result of the roofing failure, like interiors, though not all will offer this!
When filing a workmanship warranty claim, it will need to be determined whether the roofing failure really occurred as the result of poor installation or whether a confluence of other factors might have caused the roofing failure. Contractor warranties do not cover roofing failures that occur for other reasons – for instance, they do not cover failures that occur due to inclement weather, debris, neglect, or due to other factors that are out of the contractor’s control.
How Long Does a Warranty Typically Last?
Many manufacturers and contractors offer limited warranties, meaning that you may file a claim but the extent of the coverage can be limited depending on the type of warranty coverage and length! Some extended or enhanced warranty agreements, however, offer limited lifetime warranties. Limited lifetime warranties allow you to receive compensation at any time you own the home, for the repair of roofing components that have failed due to manufacturing errors or errors in workmanship.
Additionally, some warranties cover the cost of installation on a prorated schedule – while you may be able to submit a claim at any time to be reimbursed for the cost of the actual materials, you may only be fully reimbursed for the cost of installation labor within an initial period, after which the rate of compensation may be prorated or otherwise reduced. Knowing the specific terms of your manufacturer or workmanship warranties can help you stay aware of when your coverage is about to run out.
Why are Roof Warranties Important?
Roofing warranties are essential for a multitude of reasons, primarily centered around protection and peace of mind. They stand as a testament to the confidence of both the manufacturer and the roofing contractor in the quality of their work and materials!
Protecting Your Home and Investment
Getting a roofing system installed is a massive financial investment, so it makes sense that many homeowners would seek to protect the longevity of such a large expense. Additionally, your roof is one of the most important elements of your home in terms of protecting you from greater damage down the line – a warranty may provide you with the financial confidence you need, knowing that if anything goes wrong, you can file a claim!
Mitigate Risks from Shoddy Materials or Installation
Defective roofing materials, improper installation, and poor workmanship can endanger your entire home, but warranties can help to mitigate that risk. With the promise that either the manufacturer or the contracting company will pay for a re-installation if materials are defective or there’s a flaw in the workmanship, you can help reduce the risk that your roof will fail, and you’ll be out of luck.
Peace of Mind for the Homeowner
Ultimately, your comfort is what’s important, and warranties can provide homeowners with the peace of mind they need to feel comfortable installing a new roofing system. Installing a roof is stressful enough as it is, but imagining that you may be responsible for problems that are ultimately not your fault can add additional pressure to the choice of where to buy materials and which contracting companies you should work with.
By contrast, knowing that you’re not on the hook for roof damage that stems from mistakes by manufacturers or roofers can be a huge relief! Additionally, any roofing company that offers warranties may have higher quality standards, meaning that you can have a little more trust in their quality of work, or the quality of their product.
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