But how exactly does your roof warranty work? Is it applicable to every kind of repair project? And how can you get it to cover your roof repairs?
We're here to provide a detailed breakdown of roofing warranties to give you peace of mind about your budget.
A Guide to Roof Warranties from Centennial Roof Repair Experts
Across the roofing industry, you will find three common types of roof warranties:
- Manufacturer's product warranties
- Contractor warranties
- And enhanced manufacturer's warranties
1. Manufacturer's Product Warranties
All reputable roofing manufacturers will offer some type of basic warranty coverage. Your roofer can typically provide these warranties thanks to their partnerships with shingle manufacturers.
These product warranties offer coverage against manufacturing defects/failures for the typical lifespan of the materials. This coverage is typically included at no additional cost to the homeowner.
That said, manufacturers' warranties can be voided for a number of reasons (Angi). Your warranty may be voided if:
- The materials were not installed properly
- Your roof has not been properly maintained
- You add fixtures or features to your roof, like a skylight or a roof coating system
We should also discuss the keyword of these warranties, which is "defect." Manufacturers' warranties are for product defects only. That means this type of warranty won't cover more common causes of roof damage, like weather damage or insufficient roof maintenance.
2. Contractor Warranties
On the other hand, installation/contractor warranties are provided directly by the roofing company itself. They offer more significant coverage than a standard manufacturer's warranty. However, warranty offers can be very different from one contractor to the next.
For instance, the length of contractor warranties can range from 2, 5, 10, or even 25 years. Some roofing contractors may even offer lifetime warranties (NationalContractors.net).
In general, you can expect contractor warranties to cover the workmanship and installation of your roofing. Just make sure you double-check and fully understand what is and is not covered by your contractor warranty.
3. Enhanced Manufacturer's Warranties
If you're looking for comprehensive coverage for your roof, then this is the warranty you need. An enhanced manufacturer's warranty offers coverage for:
- Most or all roof system components (typically flashing, wood decking, and fasteners are excluded)
- Long-term, non-prorated coverage for defective materials
- Workmanship coverage against installation errors
The enhanced manufacturers' warranties essentially combine the best of both worlds to provide lasting value. However, not all roofing contractors can offer these enhanced warranties.
For instance, the GAF Golden Pledge Warranty is only available through GAF Master Elite roofing contractors. Fortunately, Ethos is a GAF Master Elite contractor, so you can get this exclusive warranty with our company.
Keep in mind that the enhanced warranty usually comes at an additional cost. You may also be required to install additional roofing accessories during the initial roofing project.
Will Your Roof Repair Services Be Covered by Your Warranties?
That really depends on the specifics of your warranties and the contractor that you hire.
As mentioned earlier, manufacturer warranties only cover defects. Things like storm damage or improper installation cannot be covered by that warranty. However, if shingles fall off your home due to defects like a sealant issue, your manufacturer warranty may apply.
Your workmanship warranty will likely cover a wider range of roofing services. Make sure you are perfectly clear on the types of roofing repairs that are covered by your contractor warranty.
To ensure your home is eligible for coverage, keep up with your roof maintenance tasks! Every spring and fall:
- Book a roof inspection with a residential roofer
- Clean out your gutters and downspouts
- Trim any tree branches that hang over your home
- Remove debris and any mold/mildew growths from your roof
- Check your attic for the presence of moisture, failing insulation, or structural concerns
If you maintain your roof well, then your warranties will likely be valid for many years to come.
Get Started on Your Centennial Roof Repair Project
Ethos Roofing & Restoration is undoubtedly the most reliable and experienced roofing contractor in Centennial.
For decades, we have been delivering quality craftsmanship on every roofing project we've taken on. From roof replacements to storm damage repair work, our contractors have handled it all. We'll strive to go above and beyond for you with our roof installation services.
Contact Ethos today to set up your FREE roof inspection for your Centennial roof repair project.