Learn about the differences between workmanship warranties and standard and extended roofing warranties.
Having a new roof installed is a substantial investment, and it’s easy to get caught up comparing the various grades of roofing shingles and choosing the most attractive profile and color for your home. However, making sure you have adequate warranty protection is also a consideration.
Roofing warranties can seem overwhelmingly complicated, which makes understanding all your coverage options even more important so you can make an informed decision about your roofing material and who installs it.
Although it may seem as though there’s a wide range of warranties offered on roofing, there are really just three main types:
Here, we’ll take a closer look at the coverage provided by each type and explain what it means in practical terms.
Most roofing shingles come with a basic limited lifetime warranty, which is the industry standard. In most cases, a lifetime warranty means you’re covered as long as you own your home. The degree of protection you receive depends on the definition of “limited,” and this can vary depending on the manufacturer:
The contractor who installs your roofing plays a key role in its performance and longevity. reputable, skilled roofers stand behind each installation job with a workmanship warranty. The length of this type of warranty can vary a lot depending on the contractor, but some offer lifetime coverage. While a longer coverage period is better, a good workmanship warranty should protect you against material failures that occur because of worker errors or improper installation techniques regardless of the coverage term.
Contractor workmanship warranties typically cover the cost of labor and any materials needed to make necessary repairs, and many also cover any related damages done to the home’s interior, as well as your furnishings and personal effects.
Contractor warranties typically exclude issues that aren’t related to their installation workmanship, such as:
Factors such as a contractor’s length of time in business, their track record of doing quality work, and commitment to customer satisfaction should trump any warranty they claim to offer, so be sure to vet anyone you’re considering hiring thoroughly.
Leading manufacturers understand the direct connection between installation quality and how well their roofing products perform long-term. To help homeowners get lasting value and provide peace of mind, they offer optional extended warranty coverage on new roofs installed by authorized contractors who are certified to install the roofing system, according to the manufacturer’s installation requirements.
Most extended warranties are available for an additional cost and require that you have a complete roof system installed, which usually includes certain coordinating components such as:
The most comprehensive extended warranties offered by trusted manufacturers provide a range of benefits, such as:
Once you’ve chosen a brand of roofing and an installation contractor and decided that an extended warranty is your best option, be sure to check the manufacturer’s requirements for registering your warranty.
If an authorized contractor is handling the installation of your new roof, they may have to register its warranty with the manufacturer within a specified time frame.
Double-checking that the requirements have been met can help you avoid any headaches about non-registration if you have to file a warranty claim in the future.