Regardless of whether you go with asphalt shingles or exotic slate, a new roof installation is going to be a significant expense. The protection for this investment will come in the form of the warranties that cover the materials that are being used as well as the workmanship that goes into the installation. These warranties are extremely valuable as even the smallest roof repair can be expensive, making it important that you know how these protections work, what is covered, what is not.
- Manufacturers’ warranties – Manufacturers’ warranties are included with virtually every new roof installation. In fact, the absence of a manufacturer’s warranty should have you looking for a different material and perhaps a different roofing contractor. This type of warranty protects you against defects in materials that result in a shorter than a expected service life. In the event that defects are detected, this warranty provides the assurance that problematic materials will be replaced. Generally speaking, asphalt shingles carry the warranties with the shortest duration (20 – 30 years), while tile and slate carry the longest (50 years and more). For the highest level of protection, look for a warranty that also covers the cost of labor to replace the defective materials.
- Workmanship warranties – Workmanship warranties ensure that roofing materials are installed correctly. This is a different form of coverage than the manufacturer’s warranty in that materials that have been manufactured to specifications can still become problematic due to faulty installation. Workmanship warranties often provide hints about roofing contractors’ willingness to stand behind their work, specifically by the length of their warranties. Look for workmanship warranties lasting longer than 10 years and think twice about working with a roofing contractor that offers protection for only a year or two.
- Transferability – Transferable warranties provide the same protections to a new buyer if the property is sold. Generally speaking, an existing warranty can be transferred to a new owner, but is not transferable on subsequent sales. Usually, the new owner must notify the provider of the warranty of the change of ownership within a specified period of time following the purchase of the home.
- Things that may void a Warranty – Warranties will include a list of terms and conditions that can void the contract. Warranties are commonly voided for problems resulting from on-roof installations including HVAC systems, antennas and satellite dishes. Additional deal breakers include pressure washing and doing a roof-over instead of a tear off.
Considering the cost of roof repairs, the protections provided by warranties can be very valuable. With that in mind, invest some time with these contracts to know what you’re getting and ask your roofing contractor if you have any questions.
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