Getting A New Roof? What To Know About Warranties

Posted on: 22 April 2019

If you're getting a brand new roof installed, one of the selling points may be the warranty on the materials and labor. This is not something you should just accept without questions since all warranties are different with what they cover and what you pay if you need warranty work done. Here is what you should know about roof warranties for material and labor.

Material Warranties

It is common for your new roofing material to have a warranty, and each manufacturer will have different warranties that they offer. If you are using roofing material from a reputable manufacturer, it is likely that it will have a good warranty. After all, a new company that offers a lifetime warranty won't mean much if the company goes out of business soon after the material is installed on your roof. They need to remain in business in the future if you're going to make any kind of warranty claim to replace the materials.

You should also find out if the warranty on the material will be transferable if you sell your home. Roofs tend to last much longer than the amount of time people live in the home, and it's likely that the roofing material will remain on the home for at least one other owner. If the warranty is transferable, it can be a great selling point when trying to market the home to a buyer.

Material warranties can also become void due to a variety of reasons, so you should figure out what those reasons are. It might require all repairs to be done by certified contractors, with DIY repairs voiding the warranty. The warranty may even become void if repair work is not done by an authorized contractor.

If there are issues that you have with the warranty, look into using other roofing materials.

Labor Warranties

Any quality roofing contractor will have a warranty on their own labor, so find out what is and isn't covered. It is common for labor warranties to cover problems with the installation itself if it was performed incorrectly, but make sure that it will also cover damage caused to your home beyond the roofing material.

Much like the roofing material warranty, find out if the labor warranty is transferable as well. If you make any sort of claim, find out what the process involves. If the material itself is faulty and the material was installed correctly, find out if the contractor will also provide free labor to honor the material warranty, or if you need to pay for the additional labor out of your own pocket.

For more information, contact residential roofing services in your area. 


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