Roofing warranties can seem overwhelmingly complicated, which makes understanding all your coverage options even more important so you can make an informed decision about your roofing material and who installs it.
It’s important to understand the different types of roof warranties and how they work. Knowing what kind of protection homeowners can expect from a roof warranty and how to avoid voiding it is a complicated equation, but one that can save you a lot of trouble down the line.
Here, one of the trusted roofing companies, Expert Contracting discusses what goes into a good roof warranty looks like.
Types of Roof Warranties
- Manufacturer or Contractor Warranty
A manufacturer’s warranty normally covers the roofing materials and their performance for the duration of the warranty, whereas a contractor warranty typically covers the installer’s workmanship but not the materials’ quality.
- Material-Only, Labor-Only, or Full-System Warranty
A material-only guarantee only covers the roofing materials’ quality and function during a repair, not the labor to install them or accessories like flashing and drip edge. A labor-only warranty covers the labor but not the supplies required to repair your roof. As long as the damage falls within the warranty’s terms, a full-system warranty covers both labor and material.
- Labor or Workmanship Warranty
Covers only the labor required to address a roof defect and does not cover the cost of materials. These types of warranties are usually offered by the roof installer. Note that this type of warranty is not a roof workmanship warranty and may not cover roof repairs for installation errors.
- Original Cost or Pro-Rated Warranty
An original cost warranty covers the roof up to the cost of installation, but a pro-rated warranty only covers an age-adjusted value.
Types of Damage Covered Under a Typical Roof Warranty
Most roof warranties cover common roof damage like leaks as long as the restrictions are met. Damage caused by an external force, such as damaged rafters, negligence, or incorrect installation, may be excluded from coverage. Additionally, for an additional fee, extended coverage choices such as:
- High Winds – Winds of a specific speed or duration are covered by some warranties, but if you live in a high-wind area, you may need additional coverage.
- Hail – Hail damage isn’t often covered by standard warranties, although it’s usually an add-on.
- Puncture Damage – A roof with a lot of foot activity can suffer from puncture damage.
As one of the best siding and roof replacement companies in the area, Expert Contracting is one of the most trusted names in the area! Call us today at (716) 317-1237 for more information. You can also fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Williamsville and nearby NY areas.