Questions You Need to Ask About Your Roof Warranty
If you’re getting work done on your roof, whether it’s repairs or replacement, you’ll want to make sure that the Toledo roofing company that’s performing the work provides some kind of a warranty. However, it’s important to understand that not all warranties are the same, which is why you should be sure to ask the following questions:
1. What type of roof warranty is it?
There are several different types of warranties, all of which cover different things. The following are some of the different warranties that you should know about so that you know the difference:
- Contractor roof warranty – This is a warranty provided by the contractor who performs the work. They only cover workmanship and not materials.
- Manufacturer warranty – This covers some of the materials used or the entire system used depending on the warranty. Generally, contractors will be required to do warranted repairs within the first few years of the work.
- Material-only warranty – These warranties are cheaper, but only cover manufacturer defects or the premature deterioration of the materials.
- Labor-only warranty – This only covers the labor that’s required to fix a roof defect and doesn’t cover the actual cost of the materials.
- Full system warranty – This covers the material, accessories, and metalwork used. It typically covers material and labor costs.
- Roof workmanship warranty – This covers any errors made by the contractor installing the materials.
2. What are the terms of a roofing warranty?
While this depends on the type of warranty you get, a standard warranty should cover roof leak repairs. However, damage caused by high winds, hail, and roof punctures typically need to be added on to your warranty ahead of time for an extra fee if it’s coverage that you want. Make sure you ask if your warranty covers these potential issues.
3. What will void a roof warranty?
First of all, you should always have any issues inspected and repaired the moment you notice them. If you don’t address any existing problems, it will be considered negligence. These problems will only grow worse and more expensive to fix, and since you did nothing to address them, your warranty is likely to be voided. Secondly, manufacturer warranties will typically be rendered void if you use a contractor that wasn’t authorized by the manufacturer to make repairs. Because of this, don’t just go with the cheapest contractor available – find an actual authorized contractor to do work on your roof to prevent voiding your warranty.
4. How can a roof warranty be maintained?
The typical roof warranty will require that you make the effort to keep your roof in good condition, such as by getting regular roof inspections. If you don’t get regular inspections, then a small issue can grow into a major and costly problem, one that won’t be covered by your warranty since it could have been avoided had you repaired the minor issue initially.
5. What isn’t covered by a roofing warranty?
There are several things that most warranties do not cover. These include damage caused by ponding or standing water, consequential damage (such as damage caused by a roof leak to the belongings in your home), acts of God (such as damage caused by fires and tornadoes), existing moisture, and unauthorized repairs. Additionally, no warranty is going to cover the complete replacement of your roof.
All work done on your roof should be covered by a warranty. However, not all warranties cover the same thing. These are some of the questions you should make sure that you ask about any roof warranty offered on the work done by a Toledo roofing company.