It may sound like a lot of work, but it’s good practice to read through the roofing warranty’s terms and conditions before you sign it. In this blog, residential roofing company Cantrell Roofing, LLC shares insight on how to make sure that you will be protected by your roofing warranty.
Manufacturer Warranty Is a Must
Ideally, your roofing warranty should have at least two types of coverage: manufacturer and workmanship warranties. Manufacturer warranty (also called material or factory warranty) covers roofing problems that stem from factory defects or manufacturing errors. Typical roofing problems in this category include premature aging, too many loose granules and blistered roofing. All reputable roofing manufacturers offer their own version of factory warranties.
Look for Workmanship Warranties
On the other hand, workmanship warranty (also known as installation warranty) covers problems rooted in installation errors or workmanship issues. Some of the most common problems covered by workmanship warranties include incorrect fastener patterns and failure to install essential accessories such as roof flashing. On metal roofing systems, this may include dents or punctures made by careless installers.
Workmanship warranty is typically offered by the roofing contractor within the first few years upon installation. Problems caused by installation errors manifest within the first two years, so you should look for coverage that has the same span of time, if not longer. Some manufacturers offer workmanship coverage as part of a comprehensive package. For example, the GAF Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty adds up to 30 years workmanship coverage, in addition to manufacturer warranty of up to 50 years.
Read and Understand Warranty Exclusions
Exclusions are conditions that will not be covered by the warranty. Actions that amount to neglect, such as not performing required roofing maintenance may diminish or void the warranty. Other kinds of exclusions include damage caused by weather conditions the roof isn’t rated for, or when the homeowner performs DIY repairs. During repairs or replacement, the cost to tear off and dispose of the old roof may not be included.