Home improvements such as installing a new roof or repairing an existing one are typically among the most costly projects. This is the fundamental reason why homeowners choose to be protected by a decent warranty if something goes wrong; otherwise, it may end up costing twice as much as intended. With an effective roofing warranty, you won’t be worrying that much about storm damage to your roof. So to help you evaluate a roofing warranty that is best for you, StormROOF Systems, LLC discusses the fundamentals of an ideal one. 

You Should Understand the Basics of Roofing Warranties

An ideal roofing warranty should be able to cover goods and/or workmanship flaws. This ensures that if the installation fails or is not secure, your contractor or roofer will be held accountable for resolving the issue. This, however, implies that warranties may vary based on the circumstances.  

Variations of Roof Warranties

  1. Material Warranties

This warranty, also known as a Labor-Only or Full-System Warranty, only covers the quality and function of the roofing materials during a repair, not the labor or accessories used to install them. A labor-only warranty covers only the labor and not the materials needed to repair your roof. Labor and material are covered by a full-system warranty as long as the damage is within the guarantee’s limits. 

  • Installation. Installation requirements are common with material warranties. This means that the material must be correctly installed or it will be void. An experienced roof repair and installation contractor will stand behind their work, so they are likely to be willing to provide a warranty.

  • ShinglesManufacturer guarantees on asphalt shingles would run from 20 years to the rest of one’s life, depending on the grade of shingle chosen. It would be simple to ensure the long-term performance of higher-quality laminated dimensional shingles on the roof. Alternatively, simple strip shingles may come with a less comprehensive and/or shorter guarantee. To gain a better grasp of what these lifetime warranties involve, it is important to thoroughly analyze the warranty terms and conditions.

  • Vents. The majority of ridge and intake vents are constructed of durable plastic and are covered by lifetime guarantees. Power vents, on the other hand, may only be covered by a limited warranty due to the possibility of mechanical failure. It helps to have a professional conduct a roof inspection to make sure your vents are clean and well-maintained.

  • Underlayment. It is possible to have underlayment protected by a guarantee, which is a key component of system installation. In most cases, this can be warrantied to safeguard your roof deck for around five decades after installation. The guarantee may be conditional, requiring a clean roof or hand installation over an extra-base layer before it may be honored or replaced.

  1. Manufacturers’ Warranties

The majority of roofing repair and gutter replacement jobs will be covered, at the very least in part, by a manufacturer’s guarantee. These materials come with a warranty against roofing problems caused by manufacturing flaws. This typically covers the materials and their performance for the term of the warranty, whereas a contractor warranty often covers the installer’s workmanship but not the quality of the materials used in the construction of the structure. It’s important to keep in mind that roofing manufacturers’ warranties do not cover the most typical reasons for early roof failure in roofing such as improper installation, inadequate maintenance, and storm damage

  1. Workmanship Warranties

The warranty should also cover any defects in installation on the part of the contractor who completed the project. They provide you with peace of mind by providing service or workmanship guarantees, which ensure that your roofer will stand behind their work and guarantee its performance for years to come. Generally, companies will provide limited warranties on their work; however, hiring another contractor later on, as well as performing repairs or making DIY repairs, may negate this warranty. It’s important to remember that this form of warranty is not a roof workmanship warranty, and it may not cover roof repairs due to improper installation.

  1. Original Cost or Prorated Warranties

A roof covered by an original cost warranty is covered up to the cost of installation, whereas a roof covered by a prorated warranty is only covered up to the age-adjusted value of the structure. As a result, the value of your roof diminishes with time. For example, after 10 years, the warranty provider may only cover 50% of the associated roof repair expenses, even if the necessity for the repair is the fault of the company or the warranty provider.

Warranty Exceptions

While some items may be covered by warranty, there are also some that may not be the best choice for specific scenarios. These are referred to as “conditions not covered by the warranty” or “conditions that may nullify coverage.” Warranty exceptions, such as weather-related damage, are normally covered by insurance, so it’s crucial to maintain your insurance coverage up to date to ensure that you’re covered. The last exception is neglecting maintenance, which will void the warranty.

Warranty Expiration

It is important to note that all roofing and siding warranties have a specified expiration date. It is dependent on the business that installed the roof and the materials that were utilized in the construction of the structure. Keep in mind that even lifetime warranties do not imply that they will last indefinitely. To determine what is considered a lifetime, verify with the manufacturer or your contractor because this may just be 30 years in warranty terms.

Homeowners must first and foremost understand that warranties are only valuable if they are fulfilled to the letter. Make certain that you thoroughly study the terms and conditions of your contract to guarantee that you are protected both today and in the future with your system.

If you still have questions about roofing warranties, StormROOF Systems, LLC got you covered. We offer full professional roofing services such as roof inspection, installation and maintenance. Call us at (470) 300-1768 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.