Many homeowners never put in the effort to peruse through their roofing warranties before signing on the dotted line. While it is a sign that they trust their roofing contractors, making sure that you understand the terms and conditions is nevertheless imperative. Here’s how you can make sure your warranty is truly protecting you.
Read and Understand Your Warranty
It is not uncommon for most roofing warranties to have at least two types of coverage – one for material defects and another for workmanship errors. The former covers fixes for issues stemming from shingles that have been found to show signs of premature deterioration. The latter, meanwhile, covers problems resulting from installation errors or substandard workmanship. While it is often covered by the roofer, many manufacturers also include workmanship as part of their warranty coverage. Having a full understanding of what your warranty covers allows you to make informed decisions.
Don’t Forget the Exclusions
You need to also be aware of the warranty exclusions as well. Like the inclusions, they often vary depending on the manufacturer or roofing company. These are simply conditions that aren’t protected under the warranty and, thus, aren’t covered. Typical exclusions include roof damage caused by extreme weather, third-party damage or poor maintenance on the part of the homeowner. Also, take note that your coverage may not cover the cost of tearing off and disposing of the old roof as well as the installation itself.
Follow Your Warranty’s Requirements
Failure to comply with the requirements stated in a roofing warranty may result in coverage being rendered void. A usual example would be working with the manufacturer-certified contractor who installed your roof when scheduling regular maintenance checks. Make sure to verify whether the contractors are indeed manufacturer-certified. If they say they are GAF Master Elite® roofers, for instance, double-check it on the manufacturer’s website just to be sure.
Turn to The Thomas Roofing Company, Inc. for your residential roofing needs. When you work with us, you can rest easy knowing that we are fully licensed to perform roofing work and fully insured for your protection, and have a proven reputation for providing top-notch roofing services throughout Columbia, Towson and Westminster, MD. Call us now at (410) 876-3602, or fill out our contact form for a free, no obligation quote.