Whether you’re installing a new roof or having roof repairs done, you’ll want to protect your investment. This starts with making sure the roofing contractor you choose to work with will provide you with a roof warranty.
However, don’t just assume you will be completely covered because your roof replacement or roof repairs came with a warranty. While a standard warranty generally covers certain things, it won’t cover everything. Depending on the contractor, their standard warranties may even be extremely limited and non-transferable. With this in mind, the following are a few important things you should know about roof warranties.
What Does a Standard Warranty Cover?
There are two types of standard warranties when it comes to the replacement or repair of your roof: labor warranties and material warranties. A labor warranty covers the service provided by the contractor. This means it will cover the service charge and labor costs for any repairs or installations performed — but only for a specified number of years. Essentially, a labor warranty will only cover the workmanship. For instance, if your roof begins to leak within months after you paid for repairs, a labor warranty should cover additional repairs. However, if any materials need to be replaced, such as the shingles, a labor warranty will not cover the costs of purchasing those materials.
A material warranty will cover the materials used in the repair or replacement of your roof, but not the costs of labor. Material warranties are typically offered by the manufacturer of the materials and not by the contractor. Basic material warranties usually only cover manufacturing defects and premature deterioration within a specific timeframe. If your shingles begin to degrade and they need to be replaced, the material warranty may cover the costs of the replacement shingles, but not the costs of having those shingles installed.
Standard Labor Warranties
The following are a few examples of some of the standard labor warranties we provide at Roof Repair Specialist in Los Angeles, CA:
- New roof installations – We offer up to 8- and 12-year warranties based on the type of roof installed.
- Roof repairs – We offer up to 8-year warranties for shingle and tile roof repairs, and 2-year warranties for flat torch down roof repairs.
General Material Warranties
The following are a few of the general warranties on materials offered by manufacturers we carry:
- Owens Corning Duration Shingles – 50 years
- GAF 60 Mil TPO – 20 years
- Torch GTA – 12 years
Can You Transfer Your Warranty?
Making sure your warranty is transferable is essential to its value. If it’s not transferable, then it means if you were to ever sell your house, the warranty would end. Our labor warranties are tied to the address and not the owner, which means they will transfer to any new owners of the house. If you’re trying to sell your home, having a transferable roof warranty can help provide a buyer with peace of mind, which will make your property even more attractive.
As far as material warranties go, whether or not they are transferable depends on the manufacturer. You will need to speak with the manufacturer or with the contractor you worked with to get your material warranty transferred.
If you have questions about our roof warranties or about roofing in general, be sure to contact us at Roof Repair Specialist today. We are always more than happy to answer any roofing-related questions you might have, from roof replacement to roof inspections to warranty repairs.