Homeowners are expected to purchase a warranty when they are buying a new roof. Warranties are an important part of the deal. Nevertheless, many homeowners don’t know how to look at the fine print when it comes to warranties or why they would need warranties to begin with.
Why are Asphalt Shingle Warranties Necessary?
Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common type of roof you will see around. When people are talking about roofs, they are usually referring to asphalt roofs. Asphalt shingles are the most affordable roofing material. They are also very durable. Nevertheless, they will not last forever. A shingle roof is susceptible to damage from unforeseen circumstances. Your roof usually represents a huge investment. It is desirable that you are protected (to some extent) when your roof is damaged. Warranties provide this protection.
Know What It Covers
Not only do you need to know what the warranty covers, you need to know what it does not cover. There are usually two main warranties for your roof: the manufacturer’s and the contractor’s warranty.
The manufacturer’s warranty is limited to defects in the shingles that have been caused by the manufacturing process. They do not cover damages that occur to your shingles because of flaws in the installation. Such warranties cover only the cost of the material, the labor, disposal and any other additional cost is not included.
The contractor’s warranty is given by the roofing contractor and covers installation and quality workmanship.
Both of these warranties are important and you should ensure you have them when installing a new roof.
Be Aware of Prorating Warranties.
A prorated warranty is that in which the amount decreases with time. Most warranties will be made for a short, initial period during which the manufacturer will pay for all the expenses if the shingle fails. After this period, however, the amount decreases every year and may even go down to zero.
The Roofer Should Help with Your Warranty Claims
Claims on a warranty are not a walk in the park. It is important that you roofing contractor is experienced and helpful so that they can work hand in hand with the manufacturers throughout this process. Such a roofing contractor would have handled similar claims before and they will be able to guide you through.
Hire a Certified Contractor
Manufacturers will usually certify contractors to install their products. They certify roofers with proven track record and competence. Certified contractors have the ability to offer much more comprehensive warranties.
A certified roofer will also ensure proper installation of your shingles, failure to which your warranty might be void.
Don’t Accept Unless It is on paper
Many roofers will be quick to promise protection for life. All promises are void unless they are put on paper. When looking for a roofing contractor, take into consideration the value and the trustworthiness of their warranties. Demand to have any agreement on paper.
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