Don’t be so easily swayed by a 25, 30, or even 50 year warranty, though. It may seem like you’ll get a new, free roof in case of an issue, but that’s not usually the case.
The reality is that roof replacement warranties are complicated. But with the right guidance, you can cut through the noise and understand your true coverage.
For all the misunderstandings about roofing warranties, there are only two main categories to distinguish between—manufacturer warranties and contractor warranties.
There are nuances to each. Knowing which you’re covered by, what it promises, and what you need to do to maintain coverage is critical.
1. Manufacturer Warranties
The majority of roof warranties come from the manufacturer of your shingles. With the common asphalt shingle, you can expect a 25-30 year warranty (though there are some options for 50 year and “lifetime” coverage).
Typically, a basic manufacturer’s warranty will cover roofing materials. However, it’s important to note that when you go to submit a claim in the future, the prices will be prorated, and the cost of disposal won’t be covered.
Most importantly, basic manufacturer warranties don’t cover workmanship. For that, you would have to upgrade to an enhanced warranty. While these vary based on the manufacturer, they often cover the full replacement value as well as workmanship for a period of time.
2. Contractor Warranties
In addition to a manufacturer warranty, contractors may offer some sort of coverage for workmanship.
The problem is that these guarantees look vastly different from one contractor to another. As you collect project proposals, it can be difficult to keep them straight. To get a clear understanding of contractor warranty coverage, you can:
The last thing any homeowner wants is to submit a claim only to find that their roof replacement warranty is null and void. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens when people assume they are covered with their warranties.
To protect your coverage, follow these 4 steps:
Your roof exists to protect your family and your possessions. As your roof protects your home, you must protect the warranty. These steps will keep you from being surprised by a voided warranty when you submit a claim.
The bottom line is that your warranty is an insurance policy. It has lots of fine print that is important to understand if you need to submit a claim. Ask for clarification from your contractor on the fine print and make sure you can trust the workmanship before beginning a roof replacement project.