What You Need to Know About Roofing Warranties
Roofing warranties vary by manufacturer, installer, and product. Navigating the paperwork might seem overwhelming but if you know what to expect and what to ask your roofing installer before work is underway, roofing warranties aren’t mysterious at all.
How do roof warranties work?
There are primarily two types of roof warranties: manufacturer’s warranties on the roofing materials, and workmanship warranties issued by installers. Manufacturer’s warranties vary from 5 to 30 years and cover defects in the materials themselves.
Installer’s warranties depend on the company and cover faults in installation. It’s important to consider the longevity of your roofing installer when purchasing a new roof. An established installer can be trusted to be in business long enough to honor your warranty should any work be required.
Some roofing suppliers like GAF and CertainTeed, offer extended warranty options that could cover you in case of problems from installation or defects in the underlayment. Some suppliers even offer further protection when your roof is installed by an approved roofing company. All roofing suppliers offer some sort of “limited lifetime warranty” against defects in the materials.
Are roofing warranties transferable?
Many roof warranties are transferable only once, from the original purchaser of the roof to the next person who buys the home. Sometimes the warranty expires within a couple of years after transfer, no matter how much time is left on the warranty.
If you have purchased a home but did not receive a warranty transfer, your roof may no longer be covered.
Know what your roofing warranty covers before you buy
Before purchasing a new roof, check with your installer for the specific conditions and coverage of your roofing warranty. For example, a roof installed by Dulay Roofing with CertainTeed asphalt shingles will come with a 5-year workmanship warranty from the installer, a 10-20 year transferable warranty from the manufacturer and CertainTeed’s SureStart protection which covers your roof for up to 10 years from things like an improperly ventilated surface.
Links to manufacturer’s roofing warranties
We’ve gathered links to each of our supplier’s warranty information below: