While warranties are essential, homeowners often don’t give them much attention when purchasing a new roof. Nevertheless, they keep your investment protected against manufacturing defects and installation mistakes. These are just among the many reasons it pays to choose products with comprehensive warranties.
Here are vital things you need to know about your roofing warranty.
Coverage and Transferability
Usually, the original owner of the property will benefit from roofing warranties. However, if the coverage is transferable, it will be passed on to the person who purchases the house. You might find more information about the transferability of your warranty in a separate section or paragraph in the contract.
Roofing warranties have three main categories. A manufacturer’s warranty covers the roofing material while a workmanship warranty comes from your contractor and offers protection against installation errors. Then, there are extended manufacturer warranties that include workmanship and more extensive coverage for the materials.
Inclusions and Exclusions
You must know what your warranty does and doesn’t cover. The section of the warranty that talks about the inclusions should mention which products are covered. It should also state what you should do in case a problem arises.
Moreover, a manufacturer’s warranty typically explains instances that aren’t covered. Some of these are mishandling of products, improper preparation and installation, and damage due to impact from debris.
The coverage may be different for each system component and feature. For instance, the coverage for the shingles may not be the same for the vents. Read your warranty documents carefully, concentrating on the wording.
Don’t forget to check the guidelines and requirements for your warranty registration. Sometimes, the contractor must register the roofing warranties if the products require installation by authorized professionals. Make sure you have met all requirements to save yourself from inconveniences later if you need to file a warranty claim.