Roof purchases are crucial investments for your home or business. A quality roof is essential to protect your home from water intrusions. If you are not familiar with the details of your roof warranty, you may be in for a surprise if it ever sustains damage or begins to leak.

Not all roof warranties are the same. In fact, they can cover very different things, which is why it’s so important to read the details and pay attention to all the fine print.

Contractor Workmanship Warranty 

This is a warranty on the workmanship of the contractor you hired to replace your roof. Every contractor worth hiring should offer to cover their workmanship. 

This type of warranty is designed to protect you from poor workmanship and careless work that may lead to numerous repairs or a full roof replacement. 

Another option for a workmanship warranty is to purchase one from the shingles manufacturer. They send someone out to inspect the roof after installation. If the roof passes inspection, the manufacturer will cover the workmanship for 25 years. 

Materials Warranty

Roofing materials manufacturers offer a basic warranty to cover their products. This is standard among all leading manufacturers. If you want more than the basic coverage, your best bet is to get an enhanced warranty from the roofing material manufacturer. 

The warranty covers the specific materials used that came from their company. For example, the company that manufactures the underlayment will offer a warranty that covers the underlayment, but not the shingles from another company of course. 

An enhanced warranty, on the other hand, covers all the roofing materials. If or when one of the manufacturer’s products fails, a total roof replacement is covered. 

An enhanced warranty is voided if the roof installer did not install the roof properly or there’s inadequate attic ventilation.

System Warranty

System warranties cover labor cost and materials. The roof manufacturers offer these warranties and they may protect you in the case of an installation failure. However, they will not cover you if your damage arises from lack of maintenance.

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Manufacturer’s warranties can cover material, labor and system warranties. These warranties last for about 10 to 30 years. These warranties will not protect your roof from all damages, but they are a safeguard against roof damages to non-manufacturer provided components of the roof. Of course, not all warranties are the same. You need to understand precisely what goes into your warranty.

When you purchase a new roof, you need to pay close attention to the warranty options that are important to you. After all, to invest in a roof is a big deal. These are expensive investments that should last you a long time.

It’s crucial that you have a warranty in case anything goes wrong. Most of the time, if something does go wrong, it’s simple enough to be fixed with your warranty before the problem gets out of hand. For more information about roof warranty coverage, talk to our experts at Brody Allen Exteriors.