A roof is a big investment that costs a lot of money. Getting a good warranty, then, will be a good thing to do as it will help you have peace of mind regardless of whatever happens to your roof, bad weather and all.
Not all warranties are enough to cover your needs, however. You’re going to need to take a good look at the warranties that are available to you when you get a new roof with.
Here’s what you should know about roof warranties:
There are two kinds of roof warranties: a manufacturer’s warranty offered by the roofing material manufacturer and a workmanship warranty given by the roofing contractor. You’ve got to know that these vary from one situation to another, and you’ve got to read the fine print before signing anything.
A manufacturer’s warranty can cover you for a long time, from 20 to 50 years. These warranties protect you against material defects that cause roofing materials like shingles and vents to break down before they should.
These warranties vary depending on the product. Shingle warranties, for example, cover you for a time depending on the type of shingle you install on your roof.
These warranties can also be conditional, meaning they will only apply when certain conditions are met. Underlayment warranties, for example, might require installers to manually nail underlayment over a base layer. Installers who refrain from literally driving each nail with a hammer can void the warranty.
Good roofers will stand by their work and offer you a workmanship warranty. This warranty will protect you from roofing defects that can be traced back to faulty installation.
This warranty means that, for example, if your new roof suddenly leaks during rain, and it is found that an installer failed to nail a shingle properly, you won’t have to pay for the problem to be fixed. The roofing company will repair your roof which is under this kind of warranty.
Like a manufacturer’s warranty, this can be made void based on certain rules or clauses. If the warranty, for example, demands that post-installation repairs should only be made by the installer, the warranty will become void if another roofer comes to do an emergency repair.
Read and Ask
Regardless of roof warranty, you should take extra care to read the fine print that each warranty has. You should also ask your roofer questions until everything is made clear to you, and so that you can make an informed decision that will protect you, your roof and your budget from possible problems.