A roof is expected to have a long lifespan, but severe weather has its own ideas. With that in mind, it’s important that you understand the types of warranties that may cover your roof.
There are two basic types of warranties:
- Manufacturer’s Warranty – Protects against manufacturing material defects.
- Workmanship Warranty – Covers workmanship errors.
Roofing products, such as shingles, are protected by a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty covers factory defects of the product itself, with some extending the lifetime of the product.
Each brand has its own coverage term and conditions, so make sure you read your warranty carefully. Some warranties do not transfer to subsequent owners, which is something you will need to address when and if you sell your home.
Shingles have their own warranty, while other roofing components (vents, flashing, etc.) are covered under specific guarantees.
Typically, the lifespan of these warranties varies greatly, and may or may not match the lifetime of your shingles. Understanding what components of your roofing system are covered and for how long, will help you better protect your investment in case of needed replacement or repair.
Most roofing contractors provide their own warranty against workmanship errors. These typically last from one to five years, adequate time to monitor the quality of the installation.
After your first severe storm, you will know if the contractor workmanship is holding up its end of the bargain. If you see shingles on your lawn after high winds, give your contractor a call.
Warranties aren’t complicated to understand and should be reviewed periodically, especially if you have had a recent roof repair or replacement. Understanding your coverage protects your rights as a homeowner and ensures the longevity of your roof.