Residential Roofing and Your Warranty

Your roof is critical to your home.  It keeps you dry and warm but residential roofing is not cheap.  Homeowners can plan to face this expense at some point over the course of home ownership.  And, because the cost of a new roof is from $5,000 to $25,000 you want it done well.

You’ll also want to know and understand your roof warranty.  The last thing you want to do after spending thousands of dollars on your roof is to void the warranty.

Here are things to know about your roof warranty.

Your warranty includes a materials component by the manufacturer.  This refers to all the roofing materials used for your roof.  The manufacturer guarantees the products used for a specific period of years.  For example, your asphalt shingles will last 20 years without breaking apart.

Generally, a manufacturer includes performance guarantees.  This means the materials will stand up to the task of covering your roof as long as they are installed right.  Therefore, your roofing contractor must know how to work with the roofing materials he’s using.

The service part of the warranty is quite important, too.  You want to hire a reputable residential roofing company. They will provide trained and insured staff to perform the work on your roof.  You also want to ensure the business owner signs off on the job.  This means the owner guarantees the work of his staff before you pay anything.

A reputable roofing company will come back and perform any necessary repairs.  They usually guarantee their workmanship for up to 10 years.

Choose a Reputable Residential Roofing Company

The residential roofing company you choose must be insured.  They need two kinds of insurance: workmans’ compensation and liability insurance. Workmans’ compensation protects you if the roofing company’s employee gets injured. The liability insurance also protects you from damage caused by the roofing company.

Your warranty will outline exclusions or what it doesn’t cover. The exclusions from coverage should be specific.  Things like flooding or are excluded from coverage generally.

Omissions are important to know and understand.  Omissions means something you as the homeowner did to your roof that immediately voids the warranty.  So don’t take it upon yourself to change, alter or repair your roof.  Instead you need to notify your manufacturer and get written authorization to proceed with a repair.  And don’t hire a friend or family member to fix your roof.  Using an unqualified, non-licensed contractor to work on your roof cancels the warranty.

You also want to use caution when putting structures on your roof.  Things like satellite dishes for cable television could get your warranty cancelled.  It is best to get written authorization before proceeding to add this to your roof.

Keep the manufacturer in the know about any problems with your roof.  This way you can get issues fixed and avoid causing any cancellation of your warranty.

If you need help with residential roofing call us at (978) 977-3816 or visit us on our Facebook page .