A roofing warranty serves to protect your expensive roof from potential damage. A warranty ensures that, in the event of damage, your investment is protected. But it is not always clear what to expect from a roofing warranty, and the following is a useful guide for working your way through a roofing warranty.
What to expect from a roofing warranty
Step 1: Take a look at any paperwork you have. While there are some common principles that apply to every warranty across the board, you should look at your specific information first.
When the roof was being sold to you, you should have received some information from the seller detailing what exactly is covered by your roofing warranty. Consult any paperwork that you received and determine what is covered. Usually, there will be a section outlining what is included and excluded.
If you are just curious, then make a mental note for the future. But if you are experiencing a live problem, take special concern to verify if the issue is covered or not.
Step 2: Know the different materials covered under warranty. Warranties come in a number of different shapes and sizes, so be sure you know what kind of coverage you have.
A roof has a number of different parts to it. The most obvious component is the shingles. The shingles can have warranties attached to them. Depending on the quality of shingle you purchased, you may have a longer or shorter warranty. Higher quality shingles will have a longer warranty, and lower quality shingles have a shorter one.
Another part to think about is the underlayment, which, as the name implies, goes under the roofing materials to act as a waterproof barrier. These can be “felt paper” or fiberglass, and you may have a warranty that is based on the type of material.
There are also the vents on your roof, which generally carry a long warranty, even a lifetime warranty. Again, this will depend on your specific case and the sorts of materials used.
Step 3: Check if installation is covered under warranty. Besides the actual materials used on your roof, you should also determine if you have a warranty on the installation.
As you may know, sometimes when something goes wrong it is not because of faulty materials but because those good quality materials have been installed poorly. This is why there are generally two sorts of warranties, one which covers materials and another which covers installation. You should make sure that you are getting a warranty on both if that is what you actually want.
In other words, don’t simply assume that because you have a warranty that everything is covered. Make sure you have warranties covering all the relevant parts of the roof. Getting a warranty on the installation should be easy enough, and if you run into problems with a roofing company not wanting to give you a warranty, this might be a red flag that they don’t have confidence in their own work.
Step 4: Keep any rules in mind. Warranties are, in many ways, agreements between you and the manufacturer or installer, which means you have to keep your end of the deal.
That means only certain forms of damage or defect are covered, depending on the terms specified in your warranty. So, if your roof gets damaged by a storm, you could be covered by the warranty (and possibly insurance as well). But if you fail to clear a year’s worth of leaves off the roof, you could void your warranty. Be sure you know and keep those sorts of rules in mind.
Knowing what to expect from a roofing warranty is straightforward, especially if you have access to special documentation associated with the warranty. You’ll be in the perfect place to maintain and protect your roof and ensure that damages and defects are truly the result of the roof and not your own neglect.