What Is A Roof Warranty?

Do you understand what’s a roof warranty is? 

From hail and high winds to the blistering heat of the Texas sun, Mother Nature can get the upper hand on your roof, and when that happens, Shingle Hut Complete Roof Services can guide you through the roof replacement process from filing an insurance claim until the installation of the new roof is complete. 

You will want to protect the large investment of purchasing a new roof with a warranty. Some roof warranties cover labor and materials, while some warranties only cover materials.  As a homeowner, it’s important to understand the differences between warranty types.

There are two (2) main types of roof warranties. The manufacturer warranty, which covers the roof materials and the workmanship warranty, which covers the labor and installation work of the roofing contractor.

Roofing: Manufacturer's Warranty (Shingle Warranty)
The manufacturer’s warranty (aka: Shingle Warranty) is the most common roof warranty available. However, most manufacturer’s warranty will only protect against manufacturing or material defects which may cause shingles to fail long before they should.  Every manufacturer warranty is different.

It’s rare for a roofing problem to be traced all the way back to the roof or shingle materials. Usually, a problem with a roofing system is due to poor installation. For that reason, it's important to hire an experienced and highly rated roofing contractor. And even if the roofing materials themselves, such as the asphalt shingles are at fault, your warranty may only cover replacing those materials and not the labor required to install them.

Roofing: Workmanship Warranty
Typically, a roofing contractor who completes the installation of your new roof may offer a workmanship warranty. This warranty covers the contractor's work that goes into removing the old roof and installing a complete new roof and other labor associated with your roofing project. 

Workmanship warranties are being offered more frequently by roofing contractors who want to establish a reputation for excellent work and provide the warranty to show they stand by their work.  Usually these type of warranties have a clause stating that the warranty is only valid if that contractor is the only one to work on the roof. If you bring in another contractor to repair an aspect of the roof after the original labor, the workmanship warranty may be voided depending on the original installation warranty agreement.

It is highly recommended to review all terms and conditions of the Manufacturer’s Warranty as well as the Workmanship Warranty to determine if an extended warranty may be available, if the warranty is transferrable should you decide to sell your home, or if the roofing contractor holds installation certification from the shingle manufacturer.



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