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What is a Roof Warranty?

May 3, 2024 | Home Tips, Roofing Materials | 0 comments

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Understanding Roof Warranties

When getting a new roof, whether for a home or business, it’s vital to grasp the details of roof warranties. These warranties are essential for safeguarding your investment against unexpected problems during installation. There are mainly two kinds of roof warranties: material warranties and workmanship warranties. Each type has its own role and provides varying levels of protection.


Material Warranties

Material warranties, typically provided by the manufacturer, ensure that the roofing materials are free from defects. If there are defects within the warranty period due to manufacturing issues, the manufacturer must replace them or cover repair costs. This warranty usually includes shingles, tiles, and other materials used in roof installation.

It’s important to note that material warranties vary widely in duration and coverage. Some may last 20 to 50 years, depending on the material. However, these warranties often only cover materials and not labor for replacement. So, if a defect arises, the property owner may still face substantial costs for installing new materials.


Workmanship Warranties

Workmanship warranties are crucial in roofing, providing assurance from the contractor regarding installation quality. They protect against installation-related issues, often the cause of roof failures. If a roof fails due to poor installation, a workmanship warranty ensures the contractor will fix it at no extra cost.


Good Shepherd’s Enhanced Warranty Commitment

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At Good Shepherd, we are dedicated to providing not only top-quality roofing solutions but also unparalleled peace of mind for our customers. Traditionally, we have offered a robust 10-year workmanship warranty, which has served our clients well, ensuring that their roofing installations are protected against any workmanship defects for a decade.


Duration and Coverage

Workmanship warranties can vary in length, typically from 2, 5, 10, or 25 years, depending on the contractor and project size. High-end contractors may offer longer warranties, reflecting their confidence in their work. It’s crucial for homeowners to understand the warranty’s specifics. Most cover labor and materials for fixing installation errors but not resulting damages, such as water damage inside the house.


The Importance of Contractor Reliability

Workmanship warranties vary based on the contractor and project size. Longer warranties from high-end contractors demonstrate confidence in their work. Homeowners must understand the warranty’s details, as they often cover labor and materials for fixing installation errors but may exclude damages like water damage inside the house.


Warranty Claims and Limitations

To file a claim under a workmanship warranty, homeowners must notify the contractor within a specified period after noticing an issue. The contractor will inspect the problem to see if it falls under the warranty coverage. Homeowners need to keep all documents related to the roofing project and the warranty, as these will be necessary for making a claim.

Homeowners should also know what actions might void a workmanship warranty. Unauthorized modifications to the roof or not maintaining it according to the manufacturer’s and contractor’s guidelines can invalidate the warranty.


Choosing the Right Contractor

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To maximize the benefits of a workmanship warranty, homeowners should take their time selecting the right contractor. This choice should consider more than just cost; factors like licensing, insurance, professional certifications, and local business reputation are crucial. Hiring a contractor who adheres to industry standards and uses high-quality materials is essential for the roof’s longevity and performance.

workmanship warranties offer significant peace of mind by covering potential installation mistakes. However, their true effectiveness depends on the professionalism and integrity of the roofing contractor. Homeowners should conduct thorough research and choose a reputable contractor to ensure swift and effective resolution of any installation-related issues. For reliable roofing services, consider partnering with Good Shepherd Roofing.


Combining Both Warranties for Comprehensive Coverage

For optimal protection, it’s recommended to secure both a material warranty from the manufacturer and a workmanship warranty from the contractor. This dual-layer of security covers both potential material failures and installation errors, greatly reducing any financial risk.


Understanding the Fine Print

Before finalizing any roofing project, it’s vital to thoroughly understand the specifics of the warranties offered. Pay attention to:

  • Exclusions: What is not covered by the warranty?
  • Transferability: Can the warranty be transferred to a new owner if you sell the property?
  • Claims Process: What is the process for filing a claim? What documentation will you need?

Knowing these details can help you avoid surprises if you ever need to use the warranty. It also helps in comparing different roofing options based on the warranty coverage in addition to the material quality and cost.


Schedule Your Free Roof Inspection Today

Don’t wait for minor roofing issues to turn into costly repairs. Good Shepherd Roofing is offering a FREE roof inspection to help you understand the condition of your roof and ensure it continues to protect your home or business effectively. Our expert team will provide a thorough assessment and help you make informed decisions about any necessary maintenance or upgrades.

Take advantage of this no-obligation offer and gain peace of mind knowing that your roof is in good shape. Simply fill out the form below to schedule your inspection at a time that works for you. Our team is committed to providing you with the highest level of service and ensuring your roofing needs are met with the utmost professionalism.

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