Reading through a roofing warranty’s terms and conditions is a good practice, especially if you’re about to sign a roofing bid. After all, it is your protection against low-quality materials or workmanship. Today, we discuss how to make sure how your roofing warranty will protect you.
Look for Manufacturer and Workmanship Coverage
Most roofing products come with a manufacturer or factory warranty, which generally protects the customer against roofing problems caused by factory defects or manufacturing errors. Common problems in this category include premature granule loss and roofing blisters. Coverage varies between products and manufacturers: some only cover replacement shingles, and others may include the cost of labor. When comparing quotes, it helps to check this part of the warranty coverage as it can help you save on warranty-related repair costs.
Workmanship or installation warranties cover problems caused by installation errors, such as torn-off shingles due to incorrect use of fasteners or failure to install accessories, such as ridge vents or flashing. Dents or punctures made by careless installers may also be included in this category. Roofing manufacturers like GAF offer workmanship coverage as part of certain warranty tiers. In its absence, some roofing contractors may offer some form of guarantee that covers roof repair in the case of installation errors.
Read and Understand Warranty Exclusions
Warranty exclusions are conditions that are not covered by the warranty. It may include actions that can be interpreted as neglect, such as not keeping up with required roofing maintenance. In some cases, exclusions can void the roofing warranty.
Another type of exclusion is damage caused by the weather that the roof isn’t rated for, such as winds damaging a roof that’s rated for a lower wind category. Another common exclusion is unauthorized modifications, which usually includes DIY repairs. Reading and understanding exclusions can give you insight on how to provide better care for your roof as well as help you avoid inadvertently voiding your coverage.
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