If you’re getting a new roof, there are several important things you should know about the warranty. Not all roofing products are made equal, and the installation warranties contractors offer contain fine print that you should always fully understand before committing.
Types of Residential Roofing Warranties
There are three specific types of warranties that cover roofing materials and installations:
- Material warranties. These warranties cover the products made by roofing materials manufacturers, and will be offered regardless of the type of roof you’re installing. Shingles, metal roofs, shake roofing and all other roofing products come with manufacturer warranties of varying lengths, which you should ask about before making your selection.
- Installation/workmanship warranties. In addition to product warranties, contractors offer guarantees in their installations. These are generally much shorter in duration than materials warranties, and they require that you do your due diligence in maintaining your new roof, as homeowner negligence can invalidate installation warranty protections.
- System protections. These advanced and comprehensive warranties cover all the individual components that make up your new roof. Since they provide the best and most complete protection available, it is recommended that you opt in if your contractor offers a system warranty.
Understanding Roofing Warranties: Pro-Rated vs. Non-Pro-Rated Guarantees
When asking contractors about their installation warranties, it’s very important to determine whether a given company is offering a pro-rated warranty or a non-pro-rated warranty. You should always opt for a non-pro-rated warranty, since this ensures that the contractor remains responsible for all possible problems and potential defects relating to the roof. With a pro-rated warranty, the contract will contain exclusions and fine print that can absolve the contractor of any liability or responsibility under certain conditions.
Pro-rated warranties also tend to hide some expenses that you will have to shoulder if your new roof fails to perform according to your expectations. Contractors will still fix problems, but only for added costs if the work falls outside the boundaries created by the standard consumer protections.
As a final word of advice: always read the fine print before signing on the dotted line, since you’re legally obligated to abide by the terms and conditions of a warranty if you’re signed it. Roofing warranties may not be the most enjoyable reading you’ll do this year, but a thorough review is an essential part of your due diligence.
Always Hire a Reputable Roofer
It’s essential that you choose a reputable contractor that offers a long and comprehensive warranty.
At All Roofing Solutions, we’ve built a stalwart reputation for quality and reliability, and all our roofs are covered by generous, industry-leading warranties. We’ll be there to answer any and all questions you may have about your roof, even if it’s been 10 years since we installed it.
Family owned & operated, we’ve been proudly serving customers throughout Delaware and southeastern Pennsylvania for over 15 years.
To learn more about our roofing warranties, or if you have any other questions, contact us for your Free Estimate today. Call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania!