Your roof is covered by a warranty that guarantees your home’s safety and security. But there’s often more to it than what you’re aware of. You need to keep in mind that not all types of roof repair are covered even though you believe otherwise. Here’s how you can make sure your roof’s warranty works for you.
Know What’s Covered
Your roofing warranty usually covers the leak repairs caused by defective materials as well as sub-par workmanship by licensed contractors. The exclusions include extreme weather, acts of terrorism, damage from poor maintenance and ignoring to address water ponding. Your warranty will also include on occasion certain demands that you may not anticipate.
For instance, you might notice an unusual exclusion in the warranty for an off-brand modified bitumen sheet material. Despite the material having passed its shelf life and warranty, it may still be approved by the manufacturer to be installed. This is why it’s important to read first the coverage of the warranty before you buy.
How You Can Use the Requirements as Leverage
Your warranty should come straight from the manufacturer, not from the contractor. It should ensure that roof maintenance work is done only by qualified roof replacement contractors. They also provide strict requirements that contractors should account for when they bid on your project, which covers everything from how thick the roofing material should be to flashing techniques.
While having a warranty guarantees your roof’s quality and will last as long as it should, that only means you need to maintain it regularly. It’s not uncommon for a roof to last well beyond its manufacturer’s warranty, but that isn’t really due to the quality of the materials used. You also need to make sure that your project is completed by a roofing contractor who you can rely on, so you won’t end up needing your warranty despite being issued with one.