Benefits of a top roofing warranty from Matlock Roofing. Warranties are a concern for everyone. When it comes to warranties, you may be wary of the fine print exceptions, whether you’re buying a blender or doing serious home improvement work. That goes for roofing warranties as well.
As part of the construction of your roof, you are typically covered by a variety of warranties. Manufacturer(s)’ warranties and installation warranties can be included.
What can you do to make sure you’re getting a good deal? Here’s what you need to know.
What are the benefits of a top roofing warranty?
It is a major investment to replace a roof.
What is the point of not being protected? The last thing you want is to spend thousands of dollars on roofing repairs when something goes wrong.
Don’t buy a roof without asking questions.
Be sure to understand what is covered by the materials and installation you are considering. Select a roof that will make you feel comfortable.
Every homeowner we speak with has different concerns about trusting a home improvement company.
The homebuyer has many options for products and warranty options from Matlock Roofing. Other clients prefer our 50-year warranty, while others prefer a 20-year warranty. All product and warranty options are explained as much detail as our clients want. Our clients always come first, so we do what is best for them.
Under my roof warranty, what is covered?
Roof warranties typically cover defects in workmanship or materials.
If there was a defect in a roof component due to its manufacture or installation, the manufacturer or contractor would be responsible for fixing the problem.
All products and installations have different warranties.
All warranty information should be provided upfront by your roofing contractor. Information on roofing warranties for installation should also be provided. Many manufacturers have links to their product warranties on their website, which is a bonus.
Here is a breakdown of typical roof warranties to help you understand what you can expect.
Asphalt shingles come with manufacturer warranties ranging from 20 years to a lifetime. There are usually 30-year and 25-year warranties available. Several companies, such as CertainTeed, offer lifetime shingle warranties.
The warranty coverage on basic asphalt shingles may be less comprehensive, whereas laminated dimensional shingles are likely to carry lifetime warranties.
For high-quality fiberglass underlayment, your roof deck can be guaranteed to be protected for up to 50 years. There are some limitations, however.
Roof decks must be clean for most projects. All prior roofing materials must be removed (underlayment, shingles, etc.). Industry standards demand this step.
Lifetime warranties cover the majority of ridge and intake vents. Made from robust plastics, they are virtually indestructible.
There is a risk of mechanical failure with other options, such as power vents, so they have limited warranties. Power vents can still be a valuable option if ridge and intake vents cannot adequately ventilate an attic.
The installation warranty is a bit complicated. This isn’t something that can be easily simplified. Product warranties specify the installation requirements.
What is the expiration date of my roof warranty?
Roofing warranties expire at different times. What kind of roof material was used depends on the company that installed it.
Manufacturers usually offer warranties that range between 20 and 30 years. Make sure you understand what a “lifetime warranty” means. The warranty may only cover you for 30 years.
Likewise, you should inquire whether your roof warranty includes proration. An object’s value diminishes exponentially over time because of proration.
A prorated roofing warranty means that the value remaining on it decreases as your roof ages. A prorated warranty might, after ten years, only cover 60% of the associated repair costs – even if the repair is due to a defect on the part of the warranty.
Are there exceptions to my roofing warranty?
Your warranty can be voided depending on where you live or who installed your roof.
For example, manufacturers may only warranty certain types of shingles if you live in a hurricane-prone region.
To be covered by the manufacturer’s full warranty, your shingles may need to be installed according to a specific weave style. These details can be discussed with your roofing contractor.