Michigan Roofing Warranties Explained

If you’ve recently purchased a roofing system for your Michigan home, you may be wondering about the various roofing warranties associated with the project. After all, having a new roof installed is not only an expensive project but also one that will be with your home for many years. Because of this, it’s important to understand what type of roofing warranty options are available to make an informed decision about which one best meets your needs. If you’ve has your home re-roofed before, you may know there are three main types of Michigan roofing warranties that provide different levels of coverage:

  • Standard Manufacturer Warranty – Basic coverage offered by the manufacturer and doesn’t last as long as most other warranties
  • Workmanship Warranty – Covers any defects in your roof caused by poor installation or workmanship, but doesn’t cover normal wear and tear to shingles or flashings, which are usually covered under regular maintenance plans
  • Extended Manufacturer Warranty – Full coverage lasting 5-20 years after installation, depending on the contractor and type of services contract

Standard Manufacturer Warranties

The industry standard for warranties is the standard manufacturer warranty. This type of warranty is generally offered by roofing companies who install the shingles, and it covers the cost of replacing defective materials on your roof during the first few years after installation. The warranty covers only covers factory defects, so workmanship or design issues must be paid for out of pocket. After the coverage period has expired, you may be responsible for paying an additional fee to have your shingles replaced if they become defective within a certain amount of time.

Contractor Workmanship Warranties

A reputable and skilled roofer should stand behind each installation job with a workmanship warranty––on top of a standard manufacturer warranty. The length of these warranties can vary, but some contractors and roofing companies offer lifetime coverage. Typically, workmanship warranties cover labor costs for work done on shingles and flashings, in addition to materials needed for necessary repairs. They exclude issues that aren’t related to their installation workmanship, such as leaks resulting from ground water infiltration or cracks caused by natural forces.

Extended Manufacturer Warranties

Extended manufacturer warranties are the most extensive type of roofing warranty that leading manufacturers provide. These comprehensive warranties cover almost every aspect of a roofing system, from all materials used to the installation – and even defects in workmanship. This type of warranty is available for an additional cost and requires you have a complete roof system installed by certified contractors. Herbert Roofing offers extended warranties on all roofing work, including GAF, CertainTeed, and Duro-Last.

The extended warranty covers all parts that make up your new roofing system, including:

  • Shingles and shingle granules (included with asphalt shingle roofs)
  • All other structural components (such as flashings)
  • Underlayment materials like felt or rubber membrane/flashing tape
  • Anticorrosive treatments on metal panels

Don’t Neglect Roofing Warranty Registration

If you have a new roof installed, it is imperative you register your warranty with the manufacturer. This can be done immediately after installation and must be registered within a specific timeframe in order to ensure that it will remain valid. Don’t forget to check with your contractor regarding any applicable requirements regarding warranties!

It’s important to understand the differences between a manufacturer’s warranty and a contractor workmanship warranty. Roof warranties can vary greatly in terms of coverage and cost, but they all have something in common: they protect you from having to pay for costly repairs after your roofing installation is complete. As with any other home improvement project, it’s important that you do your research before selecting a roofing company and signing the contract. That way, when something does go wrong with your new roof, you know exactly what kind of coverage you have on your home.

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