How Do Roofing Warranties Work?
By fiderioandsons Oct 23, 2013
A roof replacement is one of the largest investments a homeowner will have to make. A variety of different products and services will need to be decided upon, including the contractor, brand, shingle type, etc. One of the most important factors in ensuring your time and money is well spent, is the roofing warranty that accompanies the roof itself. There are a number of different warranties offered by both roofing contractors and manufacturers. Being able to fully understand the types of warranties available and what to look out for in the fine print will help you to avoid scams and get the most out of your investment. Use the following tips on understanding a roofing warranty before you make a final decision on replacing your roof.
The type of warranty that homeowners are most familiar with is the manufacturer’s warranty. The manufacturer’s warranty can range from 20 years to a lifetime warranty. This type of warranty covers the shingles or materials used.
The labor costs associated with the roof replacement are not covered. Many are prorated, meaning if the materials give out before the end of the warranty, the refund issued will be based upon the remaining time left in the warranty period. Many homeowners are under the false impression that if they purchase a lifetime manufacturer warranty, if their roof becomes damaged or needs to be fully replaced, that the full cost of the new roof will be covered under this warranty. Unfortunately, this is not the case. For example, if your roof becomes so damaged that it needs to be completely replaced again, the manufacturer will cover at least some of the cost of the materials and that’s it.
Considering the fact that half the costs of a roof lies in the installation costs, a manufacturer warranty will not save that much money. Homeowners should also be aware that shingle warranties will vary depending on the actual shingle type. A manufacturer may offer a particular warranty on one of their shingles, but it may differ for another type entirely even though both are produced by the same manufacturer.
Manufacturers warranties are dictated by the manufacturer alone. Neither the homeowner or contractor can alter or change it in any way. While a manufacturer’s warranty can certainly offer value, in reality manufacturing defects are generally rare. This type of warranty may also become void if a homeowner fails to produce evidence that the roof has undergone maintenance over the years.
Arguably, the more important type of warranty is referred to as a workmanship warranty. The majority of roofing problems are normally traced back to the installation of the roof, versus the actual materials used. That being said, the workmanship warranty is extremely important. There are no industry standards for the length of a workmanship or installation warranty, so reading all the fine print and going with a reputable company becomes that much more critical.The terms and conditions of a workmanship warranty will vary depending on the contractor you choose. Many times a warranty will only remain valid if no other work has been done by another company. Make sure to read all aspects of the warranty so you do not unintentionally do something that voids it.
Homeowners will want to do their research and gather all the information they can before making a final decision on a replacement roof. CertainTeed for example, offers industry leading warranties that give homeowners peace of mind knowing their roof and investment are protected to the fullest.
As a CertainTeed 5-Star Contractor, Fiderio & Sons can offer you the full range of CertainTeed products and roofing systems for your CT roof repair needs. When it comes to protecting your home and family from the elements, trust Fiderio & Sons. We are the Connecticut roofing company with the most experience, best reputation, and most satisfied roofing customers!