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Understanding Roof Warranties

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Getting a roof replacement is a major investment that homeowners want to protect. That is why roof warranties are such a frequent topic when getting started on a new roofing project.

The listed warranty terms are important, of course, but you also want to ask your contractor how they handle warranty claims. A common complaint about roofers, according to the better business bureau, is they try to find ways to avoid approving warranty claims. However, the mark of a good contractor is when they are proud to correct an error, as that provides an opportunity to honor the commitments they made at the time of the sale.

Here are the types of warranties to know about:

  • Manufacturer warranty – this is the coverage the material manufacturer provides to protect against product defects. For example, Owens Corning shingles come with a lifetime warranty.
  • Manufacturer labor cost warranty coverage – just because the manufacturer provides a warranty against defects does not mean they also cover the installation of the replacement material. Owens Corning provides coverage on the installation cost in the event of a product defect for 10 years after installation.
  • Manufacturer blow-off coverage – certain shingle manufacturers also provide warranty against wind-blown shingles that are blown off the roof surface. For example, Owens Corning feels confident in providing a 15-year blow-off coverage. The surenail technology they use helps ensure the shingles stay on your roof longer than other shingle manufacturers.
  • Metal roof manufacturer paint/coating warranty – when you choose a metal roof, you get one of the most durable materials available for your home. With that said, metal manufacturers do not provide warranty on the metal itself, rather they provide a warranty against the deterioration of the coating applied to the metal. The Pro-Panel II metal panels we use at Sol Vista come with a 45-year coating warranty.
  • Workmanship warranty – finally, the workmanship warranty is the warranty your contractor provides to ensure they properly install the materials to your roof. Any contractor should provide at least a one-year workmanship warranty, with five years being the industry standard. At Sol Vista Roofing, we are proud to offer a ten-year workmanship warranty on our new roofs.

At Sol Vista Roofing, our project managers are trained on the various types of roofing warranties and are glad to answer your questions. Ready to get started on your project? Contact us here to let us know how we can help.