Roofing contractors often give you a warranty on their workmanship. When you get a new roof put on, it's important to understand what kind of warranty you get and what it covers. Roofs typically come with two types of warranties. One comes from the roofing material manufacturer, and the other comes from the roofing contractor. Here's a look at how these warranties work.
The Manufacturer's Warranty Covers Defects
The manufacturer's warranty usually just covers manufacturing defects in their materials. In the case of a new asphalt shingle roof, the warranty would cover defective shingles only. Any damage caused to the shingles by weather, poor maintenance, foot traffic, or tree branches would not be covered.
You might be able to buy an extended warranty from the manufacturer if you want additional coverage, but you have to weigh the expense against the type of additional coverage you get. An extended warranty might be worth it for high-end roofing, but it may not be a good choice for three-tab shingles when you need to watch your budget.
The Workmanship Warranty Covers Installation Errors
Roofing contractors often provide a workmanship warranty that covers issues that arise because the roofing wasn't installed properly. If a roofer made an error that led to a roof leak, they might pay for materials and labor to repair the leak.
However, they need to determine the leak was caused by their error. If you make DIY repairs or even hire a different roofing contractor to make repairs, the workmanship warranty might be made void. The roofing contractor's warranty usually lasts a few years rather than for the lifetime of your roof like the manufacturer's warranty does. However, you might be able to buy an extended workmanship warranty if your roofer offers one.
Roofing Warranties Vary In What They Cover
You'll want to read the terms of your warranty carefully, especially if you get an extended warranty, and negotiate the type of coverage you'll get. Warranties vary and you'll want to make sure you get the coverage you want. You must also find out what voids your warranty, such as DIY repairs. Also, learn what the warranty specifically does not cover, such as hail damage.
When you understand the terms of your warranty, you'll get the best use from it and not be surprised to find out later that you're not covered for something you expected the warranty to pay for. Your roofing contractor can explain the warranties and their terms when giving you a quote and before you sign your contract.