When contracting residential roofing services, it is important that homeowners hire contractors who will provide them with the appropriate warranties that protect their investment.
Since there are multiple types of warranties that residential roofers provide with their services, roofing warranties can be confusing.
These are some important details that homeowners should be aware of to ensure their new roof is properly warranted and what to watch out for to keep it that way.
- Warranty Types – Residential roofing services can offer only a materials warranty or materials and workmanship warranties. The former covers defects with the materials while the latter covers the installation process. These warranties overlap in many cases, so it is important to choose a residential roofing contractor that offers both and will stand behind their work with a workmanship warranty.
- Warranty Coverage – Have a residential roofer explain in detail what each warranty covers so there are no assumptions or omissions on what is and is not included.
- Lifetime Warranties – Understand that the term “lifetime warranty” is a tricky term, as it can be used in various ways. No roof lasts forever, so do ask residential roofing contractors to explain what lifetime means regarding their services and what factors can affect that protection.
- Warranty Transfer – Some roofing warranties are transferable should a homeowner decide to sell their home. For those who are thinking of selling or looking to buy, inquire about the ability of the roofing warranty to be transferred, as this can sometimes be a point of negotiation between home sellers and buyers.
- Warranty Requirements – Most importantly, after confirming the type of warranties that apply and what they cover, homeowners should also confirm with their residential roofing contractors what the requirements are for keeping the warranty current and what things can void it. In most cases, roofers and manufacturers will insist on certain maintenance and roofing care to keep the warranty valid. Failing to adhere to these policies could void the warranty and leave the homeowner without that vital protection on their new roof.
A new roof is one of the most significant routine maintenance investments that a homeowner might make while owning their house.
The best way to protect it is with good residential roofers’ warranties that cover workmanship and materials.
Inquire with the residential roofing service about these details to fully understand what is covered, by whom, and how to keep applicable warranties in effect throughout the whole warranty period without any issues or surprises.