Posted on: 13 August 2021Share
A roof replacement is a major investment, so it's important to make sure you are covered in the event anything goes wrong with the quality of the materials or the work itself. Fortunately, manufacturers, as well as trustworthy roofers, don't hesitate when it comes to providing warranties for their materials and work.
1. Manufacturer's Warranty
A manufacturer's warranty covers the shingles that are placed upon the roof. This warranty isn't provided by the roofing contractor but by the company that manufactured the shingling. It generally only covers the quality of the shingles. The time of warranty can vary, with full coverage often only provided for defects that appear in the first few years following installation. Prorated coverage may also be provided for some years following the expiration of the full warranty.
There are typically some caveats for a manufacturer's warranty. For example, the materials will likely need to be installed by a licensed roofer, and proof of permit may also be necessary. Certain things may void a manufacturer's warranty as well, such as certain types of rooftop installations like solar panels.
2. Workmanship Warranty
The workmanship warranty is that which is provided by your roofing contractor. It covers the actual work done on the roof. This means if your roof springs a leak because of improperly installed shingles or flashing, your contractor will cover the cost of repairs, including labor and materials. The length of the warranty varies, with some extending to the life of the roof.
Workmanship warranties do not cover damages from storms, nor do they cover damage from improper roofing maintenance such as ice dam formation due to clogged gutters. Your roofer may also impose conditions on the warranty, such as that coverage only applies if regular inspections are performed or coverage is waived if work is done by an unlicensed roofer.
3. Extended Warranties
Extended warranties cover more than just the shingles and the workmanship. These warranties may cover additional roofing components, such as flashing, decking, and underlayment. The warranty may also cover workmanship defects pertaining to the installation of these components.
Manufacturers of the separate components may offer warranties, or they may be provided by the shingle manufacturer if you use all approved components with their product. More rarely, extended warranties are supplied by the roofing contractor. It's important to read the fine print on extended warranties, as they can have very specific limitations.
Contact a roofing company such as iHome designs, in your area if you have more questions about warranties and your roof replacement.