What Makes a Good Roofing Warranty?

In the last five or ten years, the roofing industry has achieved new heights and advancements. Along with the change comes different warranties. But what can you really expect from a good roof warranty? Read on as your trusted roof repair contractor explains.

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Basics of a Roofing Warranty

The most important thing that you need to understand, as a property owner is that, there are two types of standard warranty coverage. The manufacturer’s warranty covers the product against defects and the workmanship warranty, which covers workmanship errors. As the property owner, it is in your best interest to read both warranties and follow up with any questions about coverage.

Warranty Provisions

Before signing that invoice for a contractor, make it a point to consider what you would get from your roofing warranty. Below are the key warranty provisions that you should keep your eye on;

1. Scope of Coverage- Your warranty’s scope of coverage should be the first thing to check if you are in the market for a new roofing system. You would like to check whether your warranty is limited to defects and damage on the materials or a contractor’s defective labor and workmanship guarantee. As the majority of roofing problems arise from workmanship more than the materials, it would be an advantage on your part to add on workmanship coverage.

2. Monetary Limits- A large number of residential and commercial roofing companies do not have on-point monetary limits, that is NDL (no dollar limit). However, some warranties charge roof repairs per square foot based on the original roof size and contractors refer to that as Penal Sum Warranty. As for residential and commercial roofing, NDL warranties are preferred, but be on the lookout for copious clauses on your contract that might void your claim.

3. Nullification- When it comes to protecting your home or facility, the roof is your first line of defense. But if you don’t keep up on your warranty, that could mean significant damage and costly repairs out of your pocket. Aside from that, once your commercial or residential roofing warranty is voided, a lot of issues come up.

Thus, it is crucial, as property owners to know what can void your roofing warranty and how you can protect yourself. Below are some grounds to void your warranty;

  • New equipment installed on your roof system without notifying your contractor.
  • Damage on the roof not due to material or workmanship
  • Moisture trapped in walls
  • Unauthorized repairs
  • Guidelines not followed
  • Different or wrong materials used or added on the roof system
  • Failure in paying incurred bills in installing or repairing roof systems
  • Negligence in doing necessary repairs in a given time limit.

Make sure to read the terms and conditions of your warranty or ask a service representative before you make any alterations to your roof.

Transferable Roofing Warranty

Many products have a transferable manufacturer warranty. However, most contractors do not have a transferable workmanship warranty. Some warranties enable transfer to future owners of the home, and some will not transfer at all. Some may do transfers for one time while others allow multiple times. It all goes back into comprehensively understanding your warranty and asking your contractors.

Turn to Sully-Jones Roofing, a leading commercial and residential roof replacement contractor, to take care of your roofing needs. Give us a call at (619) 444-0150 or fill out our contact form to get started on your project right away. We serve clients in El Cajon, CA.