Is roof installation warranty important?

For new and old homeowners alike, a roof installation warranty is extremely crucial (and useful). Admittedly, not everyone has the ability to maximize their coverage for various reasons. Some have insufficient knowledge about this particular topic while the rest just simply lack proper guidance.

This is why we’re here to share with you some of the most valuable insights on how to benefit from your roof installation warranty.

Here at StormPros, we acknowledge the value of offering complete installation warranties. Aside from proving the commitment to serve clients in the best possible way, it’s also a way to give them the peace of mind that they deserve.

Any roof, no matter how sturdy it is, isn’t exempted from destructive external elements and deterioration. If you encounter issues that post a threat to your roofing’s integrity, you can always turn to your roof installation warranty.

The question now is, can you maximize your roof installation warranty when the right time comes?

What are the Different Types of Roofing Warranties?

To know your coverage rights as a homeowner, you first have to learn about the different types of warranties commonly offered in the industry. In this way, it will be easier to understand the coverage of your existing roof installation warranty. Also, this is an outright declaration that not all warranties are the same. It isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of thing. You can’t base it from other’s warranty package because every roofing contractor has their own policies and offerings.

Below are some of the most common types of roofing warranties. Make this an opportunity to think about where you would fall under.

Warranty on Roofing Materials

worker repairing the roof with downtown buildings as background

There are roofing warranties that cover all the materials needed to repair damaged areas.

This type of warranty only covers the materials itself, as the name implies. Usually, the warranty extends to manufacture defects and premature deterioration within the coverage years. It’s also important to note that these kinds of warranties may not necessarily cover roofing accessories like your flashings, metal edges, etc. They would only focus on fixing or replacing the roofing membrane alone.

Aside from the materials or the roofing membrane, it doesn’t offer any further assistance to other problems like leaks. Moreover, it will not cover the labor costs as well. All these things will be shouldered by the homeowner.

Labor-Only Warranty

This type of warranty is quite self-explanatory as you wouldn’t have to think of anything outside the labor costs. If there’s a need to address roofing problems, whether major or minor, expect to shell out funds for everything except for the labor, of course. You need to ask for a quotation of all the materials required to fix your roof.

man working on repairing the roof of the house

Homeowners should be able to identify the coverage of their existing warranties as some only include the labor costs.

Note that labor-only warranties are different from a roof workmanship warranty. A workmanship warranty is more comprehensive as it can cover repairs and faulty installations. To be sure about what type of roofing warranty you have, make time for a discussion with your roofing partner. Ask all warranty-related questions and if possible, have them explain the warranty coverage completely.

Full-System Warranty

A full-system warranty may not cover installation issues, so you have to carefully look into it. It is called ‘full-system’ because what it would normally cover are the materials needed to repair the roof, as well as accessories, and even other parts like flashings and metal works.

What to Look for in a Roof Installation Warranty?

As we have mentioned above, roof installation warranty offerings differ from one company to another. It’s difficult to define the coverage as there are varying factors that could only be confirmed through writing or the documents.

To give you an idea of what you, as a homeowner, should look for in roofing warranties, here are some of the most common roofing problems. By knowing these things, you’ll also be able to identify the most important elements of a roof installation warranty.

We’ve also thrown in some tips on how to go about them properly (in order to maximize your warranties).

Roof Leaks Repairs

Leaks are often covered by roofing warranties primarily because they are also a result of improper installations (aside from external factors). When leaks appear prematurely, it is most likely due to faulty installation processes that should be fixed by the roofing company immediately.

Delaying roof leak repairs, or any roofing issue for that matter, will only worsen the roof problems. If you spot obvious signs like leakage or stains, contact your roofing partner right away and discuss the warranty coverage.

High Wind Damage

If you are residing in an area prone to high winds, tornadoes, or hurricanes, check with your roofing contractor if this is part of what they offer in terms of warranty coverage. Usually, high winds are included only up to a certain wind speed. It would still depend on your agreement and on what’s stated in the documents signed by both parties.

Tornado swirl damages a house's roof.

Before even signing the contract, make sure to check which types of calamities are included in the warranty package. You need to confirm if tornadoes and hurricanes are part of it or not.

In case this isn’t part of the warranty, you can ask the roofing contractor for a possible add-on. However, it should also come at an extra cost. It’s crucial to determine the environmental risks (based on existing data) so that you would be able to customize a warranty plan that’s fit for your property.

Hail Storm Damage

Hailstorms are a powerful phenomenon that occurs in many places here in Allen TX. Again, it may or may not be part of the company’s warranty offerings. You have to intentionally ask them if this is included or not.  If not, is there a way to add it to the roofing warranty?

Related: 2018 Hail Damage Roof Inspection: Dos and Don’ts for Allen Homeowners

Final Words

A roof installation warranty is important because it gives you the peace of mind that you need. We all know how roofs are expensive to build and maintain. Therefore, you should be able to maximize its warranty inclusions.

By having an extensive knowledge about your existing roof warranty, you would also know what to expect when the right time comes. To understand your roof installation warranty clearly, talk to your roofing contractor and ask for the specific type of warranty, the coverage, the things that aren’t part of it, etc.

If you need further guidance on roof installation warranty and its importance to you as a homeowner, the StormPros team can guide you. Reach out to us and we’ll be happy to answer all your concerns. Call us today and receive a free quote: 214-227-2763.