What You Need To Know About Shingle Warranties
Replacing your roof is one of the biggest investments you'll ever make in your home. With a new roof comes a roof warranty.
Shingle warranties can be a source of mystery and confusion, but they can greatly impact the performance of your roof and your home's resale value. Read on to learn about how shingle roofing warranties work, what they cover, and how to know you're getting the best coverage possible.
What a Shingle Roof Warranty Covers
There are 3 types of standard warranty coverage:
- A manufacturer's warranty is the most common type of roof warranty, which may provide coverage for 10 to 30 years. This type of warranty provides protection for defects or premature failure of the roofing materials caused by manufacturing defects.
- A roof workmanship warranty is issued by the contractor who installs your new roof. This type of warranty covers the installation work and other labor associated with your roofing project. Typically, a roof workmanship warranty is good for 1 to 5 years, but some will guarantee their installation work for the lifetime of the roof. Special care should be taken to review this type of warranty for inclusions and exclusions.
- A roofing labor warranty only covers the labor necessary to address an issue, but the cost of material is not. Your roofing contractor may offer this kind of warranty, but the services covered do not usually include errors due to installation.
Things to Look for in a Shingle Warranty
You need to understand your roofing warranty coverage fully. Ask questions about what will be covered and what you will have to cover out of pocket if you ever need any warranty work completed. It's also important to ask about your responsibility for maintaining your warranty and possible ways you can void it.
The length of a shingle warranty can vary based on the brand, climate, as well as the experience and expertise of the roofer. As such, you may want to choose a warranty which offers ample coverage throughout your roof's lifetime.
Most architectural shingles carry a "lifetime-limited" warranty and have a transferable manufacturer warranty. Lifetime refers to the original homeowner when the shingles are installed, while limited means the roofing material was installed as per the manufacturer's instructions. It's good to ask if the roofing warranty is transferable should you sell your home.
How to Know if You Have a Good Warranty
Remember, a shingle warranty is only as good as the company who provides it. Working with a local roofer who’s been around for a while and is continuously learning best practices can help you know you’ll get a good warranty. Check their certifications to ensure you get the best possible warranty on both labor and materials.
Need a new roof for your Central Florida home? You can rely on West Orange Roofing, top-of-the-line products, and one of the best warranties in the business. We offer a lifetime limited transferable warranty and a 7-year warranty on labor. Contact us for more information today.