Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding many homeowners have about their roofing warranty is that there are actually two parts. The first part is the actual materials warranty from the manufacturer. The other is the installation warranty from your roofing contractor. Understanding the warranties you’re being offered before signing a contract is perhaps more important than any other element in that contract. Here are some things you need to know.
An Unlicensed Roofing Contractor Can’t Offer a Full Warranty
In fact, some manufacturers won’t honor their materials warranty if your roof wasn’t installed by a licensed roofing contractor. This is less of an issue in Orlando than many other places. This is because in order to get a roofing permit, your roofing contractor must have a valid license.
Not All Roofing Contractors Install Roofs Properly
Although your new roof may look fine from the outside, improper installation can void the warranty. Each manufacturer has different requirements. For example, almost no manufacturer will honor their warranty if you choose a roof overlay rather than a tear off. Most manufacturers require that in order for their warranty to be valid that you have a total roofing system installed. This may mean multiple elements from their product line or other requirements. This helps them ensure that the roofs elements are working together.
Sometimes Maintenance or Inspections Are Required
The manufacturers all have their warranty information online. Take the time to read the fine print. They may require that you have annual roofing inspections for your warranty to be valid for as long as they advertise.
Removal, Disposal and Re-Installation May Not Be Covered
Even if you’ve done all the right things and the manufacturer agrees that there is an issue with the shingle that stems from a manufacturing problem, they may not cover the labor for the installation of your new roof. Again, reading the details of the warranty can benefit you before you sign your contract.
Installation Warranty or Guarantee
Proper installation of your roofing system should be guaranteed by your roofing contractor. Most roofers offer at least a one-year warranty. This warranty should note that the installation of your roofing system is guaranteed to be in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations and industry best practices to protect your home.
If you’re looking for a roofing contractor who installs per manufacturer’s and industry best practices, guarantees their work and has certification from many leading manufacturers so they can offer the best warranty, call Russ Noyes Roofing at (407) 388-7700 or fill out our contact form.