Investing in a new roof or roof repairs can be expensive, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. Fortunately, a roofing warranty can help put your mind at ease if you’re investing a hefty sum of money on new shingles, gutters, flashing, vents, and other roofing parts. As a homeowner, knowing what’s included in your roofing warranty can help you make the best purchasing decision when exploring different residential roofers, and also ensure that your investment is protected. Here are some things that should be included in your roof warranty.
Defects in Materials
A good roofing warranty should cover defects in materials. Today, you can find shingles made of various different materials, from asphalt to metal to ceramic or copper. Depending on the type of roofing material you choose for your home, ensure that your warranty covers any defects in those materials. Make sure your roofing contractor is only using new materials, as reused or second-hand roofing material may not be covered under any warranty.
Apart from covering defects in the materials used, a roofing warranty should also cover workmanship. This means that if your roof develops issues as a result of poor installation or neglect during installation, the warranty will cover it. Some examples of poor installation include not properly installing underlayment, leading to leaks and water damage, using incorrect nails or screws that can easily come loose during strong winds, and not properly sealing flashing or vents.
When it comes to roofing warranties, the duration is an important factor to consider. A typical warranty for new roofs will usually cover anywhere between 5 to 15 years, depending on the type of material used and the roofing contractor’s terms and conditions. However, there are also extended warranties available that can last up to 20-30 years or more if you use the manufacturer’s extended warranty plan. The difference between the manufacturer’s warranty and the installer’s warranty is that the manufacturer’s warranty covers any defects in materials and installation from a partnering roofing contractor, while the installer’s warranty only covers workmanship issues from that specific contractor.
It’s important to read and understand the exclusions section of your roofing warranty. Many warranties won’t cover damage caused by natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, or earthquakes unless specifically stated in the terms and conditions. Other common exclusions include damage caused by neglect, accidental damage, or intentional damage. In addition, most warranties won’t cover repairs or replacements if the roofing materials were not properly maintained according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Get Coverage Today
At Shelby Roofing & Exteriors, we understand the importance of protecting your home and investment, which is why we only use high-quality materials and provide expert installation, repair, and residential and commercial roofing services. For over 40 years, we’ve helped provide roofing services in St. Louis, Illinois, and the surrounding areas, and will help you understand the ins and outs of your roofing warranty. Contact us today for a free roof repair estimate and to understand your coverage options.