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  • Ayden Peele

Understanding Roofing Warranties: What You Need to Know

When it comes to investing in a new roof, understanding roofing warranties is paramount. Your roof is not just a protective shield; it's a long-term investment in your property's safety and value. To make informed decisions, you need to comprehend the three key types of warranties associated with roofing: the standard manufacturer's warranty, the workmanship warranty from your contractor, and the extended manufacturer's warranty. With enough knowledge of these three types of roofing warranties, you’ll be all set for your roofing journey, so join Herring while we teach you the ins and outs of roofing warranties.

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Standard Manufacturer's Roofing Warranty - Protecting Your Investment in Materials

The initial layer of safeguarding your roofing investment revolves around the standard manufacturer's warranty, and here's what you should be aware of: These warranties come with varying durations, often spanning from 20 to 50 years or more, contingent on both the roofing material and the manufacturer. They principally cover defects found in the roofing materials themselves, encompassing issues such as premature aging, manufacturing flaws, and damages resulting from natural elements like hail or wind. It's also crucial to distinguish between prorated and non-prorated warranties; prorated warranties diminish their coverage as your roof ages, with the manufacturer gradually covering a decreasing percentage of repair or replacement costs as time elapses, whereas non-prorated warranties maintain consistent coverage throughout the warranty period. Additionally, some manufacturer's warranties may be transferable when you sell your property, potentially augmenting its value when the time comes to relocate.

Workmanship Warranty from Your Contractor - Ensuring Proper Installation

The second crucial layer of protection is the workmanship warranty provided by your roofing contractor, which specifically covers the installation and workmanship of your roof. These warranties typically span from one to ten years, with the duration serving as a testament to the contractor's confidence in their work. Workmanship warranties are designed to ensure that the roof is installed correctly in accordance with industry standards, encompassing any installation errors or issues arising from improper workmanship. However, it's essential to meticulously review the workmanship warranty to identify any exclusions or conditions that could potentially void it, such as neglect, maintenance issues, or unauthorized modifications made by others.

Extended Manufacturer's Warranty - Comprehensive Coverage for Your Investment

Opting for an extended manufacturer's warranty, also known as a contractor certification warranty, can significantly reinforce your roofing investment. This warranty goes beyond the standard material coverage by potentially including protection for the contractor's workmanship. In the event of installation issues, the manufacturer steps in to cover related costs. These extended warranties offer a broader scope of protection, addressing various potential issues, both in materials and workmanship, providing homeowners with greater peace of mind, knowing that their investment is safeguarded against not only material defects but also installation errors.

Regular Maintenance and Documentation

Ensuring the validity of your roofing warranties is a responsibility that shouldn't be overlooked. To achieve this, performing regular roof inspections and maintenance is not only advisable but crucial. Regular roof inspections allow you to proactively identify any issues or potential problems before they escalate into more significant, costly concerns. These inspections should encompass a thorough examination of the roofing materials, flashing, gutters, and any other roof-related components. It's best to enlist the services of a professional roofing inspector who can provide a comprehensive assessment.

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Consult with Roofing Experts

Understanding roofing warranties is essential for making informed decisions about your roofing project. At Herring Residential and Commercial, we have the expertise to help you navigate the complexities of roofing warranties. Our commitment to quality workmanship and materials ensures that your investment is protected for years to come.

Roofing warranties are a vital aspect of your roofing project. By comprehending the standard manufacturer's warranty, the workmanship warranty from your contractor, and the option of an extended manufacturer's warranty, you can make well-informed choices and secure the longevity and value of your property's roof. If you have any questions or need guidance regarding roofing warranties, reach out to Herring Residential and Commercial, your trusted roofing, siding, and gutter company.


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