Three Things To Know About Your Roof's Warranty

Posted on: 11 June 2017

If the roof on your home is starting to look like it's seen better days, you may be in the market for a new roof soon. While your roofing contractor is going to recommend materials that they've used successfully, you may want to do a little research about which materials are best for you. One area that you may want to know more about is warranties on shingles, membranes and other roofing materials. Here's the scoop.

1. Understand what the warranty really covers.

You may decide to buy a specific brand of roofing product because the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. But that doesn't mean you'll never need to replace your roof again; it generally means that the manufacturer will cover any product defects that occur. If your roof wears out or sustains weather damage and must be replaced, that's not covered by your roofing materials warranty.

Some warranties do cover more than just materials. Generally, these are offered by your roofing contractor for workmanship and are separate from any warranty offered by the roofing materials manufacturer. Know the difference and what you must do to satisfy each one.

2. Know what voids the warranty.

In other words, read the fine print. For example, your warranty may only cover the homeowners who installed the roof. That means that you won't have a long roof warranty as a selling point if you put your home on the market. 

Other "fine print" may require you to have specific types of maintenance done on your roof and to keep detailed records of that work. While it's a good idea to have your roof maintained by a professional, you don't want to find out that because you spaced on scheduling a maintenance appointment once five years ago that your warranty won't help you now that shingles are breaking off.

Your warranty may also be voided if you allow water to pond on the roof for longer than 24 or 48 hours; you expose the roof to any chemicals or you walk on the roof more than is required for routine maintenance.

3. Save your receipts. 

You'll need to have a lot of paperwork to ever make a warranty claim. This will include receipts for the materials, a detailed invoice from the contractors and possibly maintenance records.

Without any of these, the manufacturer will not be able to honor a warranty. So keep everything in one safe place and consider also digitizing and storing your records in a separate location from your home and paper records. 

Your roofing contractor, like Rainy Day Exteriors, can help make the terms of manufacturers' warranties more clear and let you know more about what materials they recommend. Talk to your contractor before you get started on your roofing replacement and understand what your warranty will cover.