Roofing Warranty Basics

Roofing Warranty Basics

Finding out what warranties your roofing contractor offers and what they cover will help you to make a more informed choice.

Replacing a roof can be expensive, so a warranty is a good idea to protect your investment should something go wrong. As you are choosing your contractor, find out what warranties you will be offered and what they will cover. This will help you to make a more informed choice.

Material warranties are offered by the manufacturer, and you will also get a workmanship warranty from your contractor. There are also some independent, third-party companies which will provide a warranty, based on an inspector’s report, which will cover leaks. This can be a good choice if your roof is no longer warrantied; for example, if you have just purchased the property.

Workmanship warranties may be pro-rated or non-pro-rated. A pro-rated warranty covers only a percentage of any repairs that become necessary, with the property owner paying the remainder. The percentage of owner’s responsibility goes up with the age of the roof. A non-pro-rated warranty covers 100 percent of repairs, with no charge to the customer.

A typical workmanship warranty covers 5 to 10 years, though some are just one or two years. Materials are most often covered for 25 to 30 years. One thing to watch out for is that you should not use the length of the warranty as a guarantee of performance. You should still make sure that your contractor uses quality materials and work is done by qualified workers.

Always read the entire warranty to be sure that you understand the terms. Most warranties do not cover all leaks, only those which can be directly attributed to a defect. There may be other restrictions and limitations as well. The warranty should clearly state what your responsibility is in terms of maintenance.

Choose a materials warranty which is realistic and based on testing or proven performance. There is a certain amount of competition among roofing manufacturers regarding the terms of warranties, which has led to some manufacturers offering longer warranties than their materials have actually been tested for. While this may work out in favor of the consumer, it is a shady business practice and does not inspire confidence in the company. There is also the risk that a manufacturer could go out of business before a long term warranty expires, leaving the homeowner responsible for any repairs which might be needed.

Knowing what to look for in roofing warranties will help you to make the best choice of contractor, as you won’t be taken in by a lower price that comes with a poor warranty. You should review all warranties for workmanship and materials before signing any contract.


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What You Need to Know about Your Roof’s Lifespan

What You Need to Know about Your Roof’s Lifespan

Your choices are important to extending the lifespan of your roof.

The roof is one of the barriers in a house. It is important that the roof is chosen carefully. Choosing a cheap and poor quality roofing system is highly discouraged. It is best to invest in a good roof that could last for decades. Here are some details from a roofer about the roof’s lifespan.

How Long a Roof Should Normally Last?

Generally, the roof shingles should last for up to 30 years. Most manufacturers provide a 10 to 30 year warranty. However, the warranty does not include damaged roofs due to typhoon, hail storm, tornado, fire and other calamities. A roof that does not experience harsh weather could last for three decades.

How Bad Weather Can Shorten a Roof’s Lifespan?

A good quality roof can last for decades but bad weather can shorten its lifespan. A roof that should last for 20 to 30 years may need to be replaced after only 15 years if it usually deals with bad weather.

Bad weather can definitely shorten a roof’s lifespan to a great extent. For example, hail can remove the granulation and expose the asphalt. When this happens, the asphalt shingles become vulnerable to damages. Plus, it weakens the roof and makes it lighter than it used to be. Many homeowners would think that there is no roofing damage after a hail storm if there are no dents but the effects can be noticed when the roof starts to leak.

High temperatures can also shorten a roof’s lifespan. Heat can cause cracks on the roof. It may also damage the sealants that can lead to leak problems.

Too strong winds may also require you to replace your roof sooner than expected. Winds that exceed 50 miles per hour in speed can create a vacuum. The air pushes the roof from upward and causes the fasteners to loosen up. The result is a weaker roof that may be vulnerable even to moderate wind.

Bad weather may also cause moisture buildup. Moisture can significantly shorten the life of your roof whether it is made from asphalt shingles or metal.

What to Do with Your Roof?

If the roof is damaged and the warranty is still in effect then you should not have a problem. However, keep in mind that the warranty while it does cover bad weather will have a time period for filing a claim for damages caused by bad weather. Your option is to file a claim with your home insurance company and look for a reputable roofing contractor.

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