A new roof can be a very large investment. If you have your roof replaced, you may be concerned that something might go wrong and that this may cost a lot of money. Even when you hire the right contractor for the job, the shingles might have manufacturing defects that only a warranty could save you from. With some manufacturers, the chances of a defect are tiny. However, having the extra insurance policy of a warranty is worth it.

Information About Warranties 

Roofing warranties are provided by most roofing manufacturers. For example, if there is a shingle that has a color mismatch, this color might be the result of a manufacturing flaw and may be covered under the warranty. Some shingle manufactures will also cover the work that was performed by the roofing contractor.

Types of Warranties

There are two types of coverage for warranties. There are manufacturing defects in the materials and workmanship errors. It is recommended that you choose a warranty that includes workmanship errors because this will provide the maximum amount of coverage. Many manufacturers will offer more than one warranty program, with each having a different price point. The key is to find a warranty that will provide sufficient coverage without providing excessive coverage that would make your new roof unnecessarily expensive.

Workmanship Covered

Pay close attention to the specific forms of workmanship that are covered under the warranty. For instance, some warranties may not cover the misapplication of flashings. Some warranties might not cover tear-off costs. Some warranties might not cover the cost of disposing of materials. Also, there may be variations in how long a warranty may cover one issue over another. A warranty might provide lifetime coverage for the cost of installation labor, with only a two-year coverage for the cost of disposing materials. You may decide that two years of coverage is not long enough.

Because of the rarity of some manufacturing defects, it is important to know exactly what is covered under your warranty. In some cases, the warranty may be too good to be true, with defects that are very rare being covered under the warranty. Make sure the read the fine print when determining whether a warranty is a selling point for your new roof. Check the duration of the warranty, find out the expected lifespan of your roof, and find out whether the duration of the warranty is similar to the expected lifespan. 

Talk to a company such as Select Exteriors for more information.

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