All warranties are not equal – and that is especially true in the roofing industry. Typically, roofing companies and contractors offer a warranty, but it is important to note warranty differences and understand what is covered, and what it not. If you are in the market for roof repairs or replacement, here is what you need to know before purchasing a service:
Note the Details
Because all roofing warranties are different, it is important to read the fine print. The most common roofing warranties are:
- Shingle warranty – A single warranty, commonly referred to as a manufacturer’s warranty, typically covers your roof for 20-50 years, depending on the roofing company you choose to go with. This warranty covers material defects if something breaks or fails. Typically, it is difficult to trace a problem all the way to the manufacturer’s material, but it is a great added warranty for your piece of mind.
- Workmanship warranty – A workmanship warranty is not as common as a manufacturer’s warranty; it is a great offering that makes roofing companies and contractors stand out in the marketplace. Instead of covering material defects, this warranty covers the work that goes into the roofing repair or replacement. So, if the job is not done correctly, the roofer will fix it to your liking.
Problems Not Covered
Roofing warranties usually only cover repairs and replacements applicable to the roof itself. Other issues – such as attic ventilation – are not included in standard warranties. Before you move forward with a big roofing project, consider contacting an expert to evaluate roof-related factors that could cause problems later on down the road.
What to Ask About
Although a company may offer one or both types of warranties, make sure to ask about experience with the roofing material you will have the company or contractor work with. Specifically, for a shingle warranty, roofers must have special manufacturer certifications to demonstrate the ability to repair or replace certain materials. Without this certification, your warranty may be void if any defects are detected.
The bottom line is this: Do not sign on the dotted line before you fully understand the service (and warranties) you are purchasing. It is always best to ask or confirm your thinking with the roofing representative if you are unclear about any documentation.
Warranties at Herbert Roofing
At Herbert Roofing, we make sure our customers and their homes are taken care of. Due to our certifications, we can provide expanded warranties that only certified installers can offer. All our roofers are certified for the roofing products we offer to customers, so there is no need to worry about voided warranties. To learn more about our expanded and lifetime roofing warranties, check out our options on the Herbert Roofing website.
If you have other roofing-related questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you! Contact one of our experts today. We will make sure to point you in the right direction, so we can meet your needs.