What Is A “Lifetime Warranty”? Roof Warranties Explained

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What Is A “Lifetime Warranty”? Roof Warranties Explained

When we make a large purchase, we often inquire about the warranty. And when it comes to roofing, siding, and windows, there is usually a warranty involved.

The question is then what exactly does the warranty entail? In this post, we will be looking at what you as a property owner need to know about roof warranties.


2 Parts To Your Roof Warranty

There are two warranties that come included in the purchase of a new roof. These are,

  1. The material warranty, which comes from the material manufacturer
  2. And the Workmanship, or installation warranty


Material Warranty

When you are having a new roof installed, there are many materials involved in the process. The warranties that come with each of those materials differs.


What is a “Lifetime” Warranty?

Most of the asphalt shingles installed today have a Lifetime warranty attached to them at no extra charge. “Lifetime” refers to as long as you own your home. There are certainly instances when all or part of the lifetime warranty can be transferred to the next owner, but be sure that when you have a warranty transferred, that it is done promptly and properly, by speaking with the material manufacturer. When you work with a quality contractor, they should be able to assist you with this process.

The Lifetime warranty that comes with most shingles has a non-prorated period of 10-15 years. After which the life of the shingle is taken into account when determining replacement cost.

The Manufacturers’ warranty is to protect you, the property owner, from any material defects. A defective shingle may exhibit itself in the following ways: granules blistering and falling off, shingles curling up, or even blowing off.

If it is determined that your shingles have a material defect,the manufacturer may reimburse you for the replacement of the shingles. While each warranty is different, most will pay for the defective material, as well as a pre-determined fee for its installation.


How to make a warranty claim:

To make a material warranty claim, samples of the defective material, pictures, and diagrams of the roof must be taken, including dimensions. This is best done by a roofing professional who is familiar with the warranty process and can help guide you through it.

Many manufacturers also give properly trained and vetted roofers the ability to offer extended roof warranties to their customers. There will be a warranty fee as well as some extra cost built into your contract, to be sure all materials meet the manufacturer’s standards. These extended warranties can be of great value to anyone having a new roof installed.

Extended warranties include substantial benefits such as:

  • Waive of the pro-rated period for the life of the warranty
  • Warranty can include the entire roofing system, instead of just the shingle
  • Warranty can even cover the contractors workmanship for added protection!


Workmanship Or Installation Warranty

As noted above, some extended warranties can cover workmanship to cover the replacement costs in the event of the contractor improperly installing the roofing system. However, the roofing company themselves will also have their own workmanship warranty.

Most roofers will include a warranty of about 5 years, although shorter and longer warranties do exist. The workmanship warranty covers you in case the contractor improperly installed your new roof, and it is causing you trouble from leaks or blown off shingles.

An improperly installed roof can be one that either does not conform to manufacturer’s installation procedures, or common installation procedures.

If you used a reputable local roofer to install your new roof, then they will gladly come out to assess the damage, and work to find a solution. Whether the issue is a material defect, improper installation, or an unrelated cause, your contractor will seek to reach a solution.  It is important to note that often only locally based contractors offer installation warranties, and to be sure to get their warranty in writing. Although if they have one, it is usually in the contract for your roof replacement.

This is why it is best to work with a local, reputable roofing contractor, one with 5 or more years of experience in your area, and one who is knowledgeable and experienced in warranties.

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