Repairing My Roof

What You Need To Know About Your Roofing Warranty

There are a lot of things to think about when you're ready to have your roof replaced. You need to decide what style of roof you want and what materials you want used. You have to choose the right contractor and plan the timing of the roofing work so that it's convenient. With all of that going on, it's easy to overlook a bit of paperwork – but one of the most important things you need to do is find out what kind of warranty you're being offered, and make sure that you understand the terms. Take a look at some things that you need to know about your roofing warranty.

Manufacturer Warranties

There are two types of warranties that could possibly apply to your new roof. The first type is the manufacturer warranty. This warranty concerns the materials that your roof is made from, whether that's shingles, tiles, metal panels, or something else. The makers of the roofing material usually provide a warranty promising to replace these materials if they're defective, or develop problems within a specific time frame.

It's important to remember that manufacturer warranties usually only cover materials. That means that if you need to have the materials replaced, you will still have to pay for the labor involved to replace them, even if it was the manufacturer's fault that the materials needed to be replaced.

Workmanship Warranties

The second type of warranty that you'll come across when you're planning a new roof is a workmanship warranty. This is a warranty offered by the contractor, guaranteeing the workmanship that goes into putting your roof together. Not every contractor offers a workmanship warranty, but you should definitely choose a contractor who does offer one. A workmanship warranty is a sign that you've chosen a contractor who stands behind their work and the work of their subcontractors.

If you experience a problem with your roof that's related to the workmanship, a workmanship warranty will cover the repairs – although, just as a manufacturer's warranty won't cover labor, a workmanship warranty usually won't cover replacement parts.

Warranty Conditions

Most warranties come with a number of conditions that you have to meet in order for your roof to remain covered by the warranty. You'll need to read the entire warranty carefully so that you don't accidentally invalidate it.

Manufacturer warranties may require you to have regular maintenance done on your roof to keep the material in good condition. Workmanship warranties often stipulate that your warranty will become invalid if you let a different contractor make repairs or upgrades to your roof – they don't want to be held responsible for another contractor's mistakes. DIY repairs may also invalidate the warranty. Both types of warranties may require regular inspections.

Understanding what your warranty covers and what conditions you have to meet to keep the warranty valid can save you a lot of money in repairs if a problem arises with your new roof. Don't let the work start on your roof replacement until you know what kind of warranties your new roof will have.