Roofing Workmanship Warranties(Roofer/Labor)

At Royal Roofing, we stand behind our work. When Royal Roofing provides a new roof installation for your home, our labor and workmanship are guaranteed for 10-20 years. Simply put, when it comes to your roof, you will have no additional out of pocket expenses for a 10-20 year period! And if any issues arise within a 10-20 year period of your new roof installation, we’ll come back and make it right at no charge.

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Manufacturer Warranties (Roofing material Manufacturer)

Your roofing material manufacturer’s warranty is covering product or manufacturing defects, usually 20 to 50 years.

In addition to the warranty on the labor and workmanship there is a separate warranty by the manufacturers of the roofing materials. Depending on the shingles selected and the manufacturer of the particular product, warranties will vary. The shingle warranty will typically cover:

  • Finished job appearance
  • Methods of installation
  • Finished system performance
  • Warranty transferability

Roofing Warranty Explained

Congratulations – you got your new roof and you’re excited to have the warranty in place, but do you really know what the coverage will entail and what you have signed up for?

Many homeowners who are thinking about installing a new roof and making sure it’s protected in the future wonder what type of roofing policy they need and what they will be protected against. They may have heard that a roof should last 20 to 30 years, but are not sure what exactly is included in their warranty. If their home was just built, they may also be questioning how many years does a roofing warranty of a new home cover.

Roofing Warranty Types

So, what’s included in the average warranty on a new roof? The answer would depend on the specific type of warranty. In general, there are three main types of roof warranties and variations of those. They include:

1. A manufacturer’s warranty, also known as a roof shingle warranty, is the most popular type of roof warranty. The coverage of a manufacturer’s warranty can range anywhere from 20 to 50 years. This type of warranty usually only provides protection against the defects in roofing materials that break down before they should. The warranty claim can be in question if a homeowner hasn’t been maintaining the roof properly. Most of the time, shingle products covered by a manufacturer’s warranty are protected for up to 30 years.

2. A full system warranty. This type of warranty usually covers the roofing materials, but also includes accessories for the materials like flashings, metalwork, and anything else related to the original installation. Most of the time, a full system warranty covers the costs of any leak repairs and the labour required to complete the work. Installation errors may not be covered. The full system warranty runs between 10 to 30 years.

3. A roof workmanship warranty. This type of warranty is also known as a contractor roof repair warranty. It means that the roofing contractor who has installed the roof originally will be responsible for any future material and labour issues. A roof workmanship warranty protects against any defects during the installation process and provides coverage for 5 to 10 years.  Today, more and more contractors provide 10-year coverage. Most of the time, this warranty would contain a clause that states that the warranty is only valid if the original contractor is used for any warranty repair work.

4. A roofing labour warranty. This warranty only covers the labour required to address roof issues and not the cost of materials. A roof installation contractor may offer this type of warranty, but this type of coverage doesn’t usually cover any errors associated with the installation.

5. A roofing material only warranty. This type of warranty only covers manufacturing defects along with the unanticipated deterioration of the materials. The only material covered is the roof membrane. Other materials like flashing, metal edging, or adhesives, are not included in the policy coverage. Coverage for installation errors, labour, and leak repair are also excluded. This type of warranty costs considerably less than a full system warranty.

Roofing Warranty for a New Home

For a newly-built home, the home builder usually provides a builder warranty, and any issues with a new roof would be considered a structural defect. Structural roofing issues could precipitate a collapse of the roof, and, thus, can be very dangerous. 

Most builders will provide a warranty period of 10 years for any structural irregularities and 1-2 years for workmanship and materials. If a builder does not acknowledge structural or other concerns related to a new roof, there are third-party warranties that you can purchase from independent companies. These warranties will ensure coverage if a builder won’t provide warranty repairs. It is important to investigate and research such third-party warranties ahead of time, as they are often not the most reliable.

Warranty Periods for Roofing Materials

When dealing with asphalt shingles, you can expect the warranty to cover anywhere between 20 years to a lifetime. Strip shingles have shorter warranties, while top-tier shingles have lifetime warranties. Other roofing materials can be covered either for under 50 years or for a lifetime.

What Does a Typical Roof Warranty Cover?

Today, most roof warranties provide either coverage for workmanship or defective materials. If either of these issues arises, the roofing contractor and the manufacturer would act supportive and take responsibility for repairs. With so many warranties out there, a trustworthy and reliable roofing contractor should provide a homeowner with important warranty information that describes both installation and materials.

A typical warranty coverage would depend on the exact type of warranty you have received. Before you purchase a roofing system, make sure to read the fine print and understand exactly what’s covered and what isn’t. Some things that may or not may be covered include roof leak repair, high winds, hail damage, roof puncture coverage, standing water, and more.

When considering the contractor warranty, ask yourself a few questions like:

  • Does the roofing contractor warranty include materials and/or labour?
  • Does it include the cost of discarding old materials?
  • Does the contractor warranty cover the entire roofing system, including underlayment, skylights, and water and ice protector?

Roofing manufacturer warranties are usually more detailed. Here, the key coverage points to consider are:

  • What is the maximum wind resistance covered by the shingle warranty?
  • For how long are you protected against regular weather conditions like water, rain, wind, and hail?
  • For how long are the shingles protected against defects?
  • Does the warranty cover the costs of discarding of old materials?

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to find a company that you can trust and who can help you make the best decision for your home. Having a good understanding of a conventional roofing warranty is important. If you have any questions about the different types of warranties available for your roof, do not hesitate to contact us, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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