When you get a new roof, you want to be sure that it is protected! That’s why any established and trusted roofing contractor will offer a warranty on your roof. If you have any questions about the warranties we offer our Richmond clients, we are here to help. Contact Houser Roofing today!
First of all, when you buy a new roof, you should receive two written warranties. The first is from the manufacturer who created the roofing material. This warranty will attest to the integrity of the product. Your second warranty will be from your roofing contractor in order to preserve the integrity of their installation practices. Keep this in mind as you receive your warranties, as contractors will sometimes take advantage of homeowners who assume that the manufacturer warranty also covers the craftsmanship warranty. However, keep in mind that this is never the case! The manufacturer can only control the quality of the materials, not how well they are installed. This is why it’s essential to choose a contractor company that only uses high-quality materials.
Roof Warranties Aren’t Like Other Warranties
As you read through your warranty, keep in mind that this one will be different than others you’ve had in the past. Some products last much longer than their warranty, which is to be expected. However, with roofing, you will hear warranties that last much longer than the roof itself is likely to last. Because of this, you must be sure to read the fine print of your warranties. While metal roofs might last the length of their warranties, other roofing materials probably won’t. This means there are many exclusions and limits when it comes to what the warranties do cover.
When you hire a roofing contractor to install a new roof, you will receive a warranty that covers the workmanship of the installation. Be sure to ask for a written warranty that specifies exactly what is covered and for how long so there are no questions. These warranties should be for at least two years, if not longer for higher-end materials and items. Check to see that the warranty transfers to the future owners of your home if you intend to sell. While this isn’t common, you may want to ensure something like this is in place if you do intend to sell soon. Note anything that would void the warranty, including storm damage.
Keep in mind the four key areas you will need to pay attention to:
- Manufacturer’s Defects. This means that there would be no coverage for specific issues as the product ages. Many manufacturers do hide behind “defects” warranties to escape liability when normal weather conditions damage the product. Since the product wasn’t technically defective, they don’t need to replace it. Instead of these warranties, try to find ones that will cover issues like granule loss, splitting, or cracking.
- Proration. Pro-rated roofs mean that homeowners won’t receive as much compensation as their roof ages and begins to fail. This does make sense, as the homeowners end up paying for the amount of time that the roof was useful and working. Check the prorate schedule to see if it makes sense for your roof and your needs.
- Transferability. We mentioned this before, but it’s important. Some roof warranties will not transfer to new owners, while others will allow a limited number of transfers while the warranty is still in place. By limiting the warranty transferability, the manufacturers can make money off the fact that the average home sells every seven or so years. Any warranty with limited transferability might cause doubt in the minds of future buyers, so keep that in mind if you are hoping to sell.
- Limitations and Exclusions. Read the fine print thoroughly. Your warranty may only cover the materials to replace and not the labor. For some, there are maximum payouts that are allowed. Think ahead about any exclusions and if they make sense to your needs.
At Houser Roofing, we want to ensure that your roof lasts for years to come. Contact us today to learn more about our roofing warranties and how we protect your home over the long run. We look forward to protecting your home and your family with high-quality roofs that Richmond residents can rely on.