Are roof warranties worth it?

 Have a warranty on your brand-new roof? Do you really know what that means? Let’s take a look at the manufacturer’s warranty and the labor warranty to see what they’re really worth.

Manufacturer’s warranty on your roof

A manufacturer’s warranty essentially covers a defect in the material on your roof. A defect in the material is not caused by hail storms or wind damage. It could be blisters on the shingles, cracking, curling of the edges, or a problem with the granules remaining on the shingle.

Typically, a homeowner would notice one of those problems and call a roofing contractor to come out and identify what the issue is. The contractor would identify that the problem looks like a manufacturing defect. Then they would help the homeowner get in touch with the manufacturer. The manufacturer then decides whether it is really a manufacturing defect or not.

Because conditions vary so much based on where it was shipped to and where it was installed, it can take a different amount of time for a manufacturing defect to show up on your roof. That’s why roofing warranties, unlike car warranties, last thirty, forty, or even fifty years.

Labor warranty on your roof

Any reputable roofing company offers a labor warranty. You should get a five-year labor warranty against leaks. But obviously that warranty is only good if the company is a reputable one.

If you’ve never used the company before and don’t know the owners, investigate their integrity online. Check your local Better Business Bureau website to see if they have a good rating. Look at their ratings on Google and/or Facebook.

If they are a certified installer for a specific brand of roofing materials, the labor warranty is usually included with your manufacturer’s warranty.

What voids a roof warranty?

Warning: If your roof does not have the proper amount of ventilation, you have just voided your brand-new roof’s manufacturer’s warranty.

For whatever reason, Oklahoma is well known for not having the proper amount of ventilation on their roofs. Have your roofer explain how they calculated how much ventilation you need.

The investment for a new roof can be somewhere between $10,000 and $100,000. If you were purchasing a car you would certainly want a warranty on it. So why would the thing that protects your entire home be any less important?

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