If you have spent weeks designing and watching your home construction, it is easy to forget about the uncontrollable events that may occur at any time. Storms, accidents and more can cause damage to your roof at a moment’s notice, at which point you will need to look for the right repair route.
Fortunately, warranties have been around for years to solve this particular issue, though not every warranty is the same — especially when it comes to shingles. Even if you have paired with a reputable roofer like Guys On Roofs, LLC to complete your home, you will need to understand the extent to which your shingle warranty covers damage.
If you have no other choice but to replace or repair your roof shingles, be sure to keep these expectations in mind regarding warranties.
Warranty Length Confusion
As convenient as it would be, roof shingles are very rarely ever covered for life. Even if your roof may be operating perfectly for the first 10 years of its life, a freak storm could wreak havoc upon its components at any given moment — leaving you in search for assistance. Should such a situation occur, you may be surprised to learn that the “lifetime warranty” you noticed in your roofer’s contract does not extend as far as you imagined.
Don’t worry, this is not an attempt on your roofer’s end to trick you out of coverage. Rather, it is more often than not a misunderstanding on the homeowner’s part. This “lifetime warranty” usually only refers to the roofer’s craftsmanship, which covers misplaced shingles, poor workmanship and more. As such, they are not responsible for “material” warranties, which involves damage to the product itself.
Thus, shingle warranties are determined solely by the company that makes them — not your contractor. These can differ from company to company, with warranty lengths varying greatly. Therefore, it is wise to speak with your roofer before construction to learn what the warranty is for your chosen product.
Durability Does Not Trump Warranty Quality
While the durability of your roof’s shingles should remain a top priority, no homeowner should assume that a robust product can compensate for a poor warranty. Ultimately, the best thing to do is find a roofer warranty that matches the quality of your shingles, especially considering the fact that you will be covering the cost of any damages or wear-and-tear.
The most important part of any warranty is, surprisingly, not so much what is covered, but what is not covered. A myriad of factors can damage your shingles, cause complications to your roof and more, which makes it all the more important to understand what your roofer’s warranty will insure. You can expect some of the following to be excluded from your warranty:
- Damage caused by unauthorized installations and repairs.
- Discoloration caused by outdoor elements, such as algae.
- Structural distortion.
- Harsh weather events.
- Interior damage caused by a leaking roof.
Meanwhile, the most common shingle issues that are covered by warranties involve general manufacturing defects.