Denver Roofing: Article About Roof Warranties
A roof is a substantial investment, and warranties are intended to protect the consumer. When purchasing a new roof, homeowners have to contend with many warranty options defined in unclear language. It can be difficult to understand the extent of the protection and the exceptions that void it.
The guarantees provided by many Denver roofing companies are different from manufacturer warranties. Workmanship guarantees are how a company stands behind its work in a legal sense, and these protections are meant to safeguard the homeowner against installation errors and shoddy workmanship rather than material defects. These types of guarantees are quite valuable, and homeowners should therefore choose a contractor they can trust. If the contractor goes out of business, then the workmanship guarantees become void.
The two most essential warranties that cover roofing materials are the implied warranty and the basic warranty. The implied warranty is the protection provided to the consumer by law. The basic warranty, or manufacturer warranty, is the protection that a manufacturer provides to a consumer in order to make its product less of a risk and more appealing overall. Basic warranties will usually include any implicit warranties, which are a standard legal practice in the creation of contracts.
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Basic warranties essentially exist to protect a customer from manufacturer defects. If shingles deform due to shingle splices or any other defects in the manufacturing process, then a basic warranty would cover this issue. Most of the problems that homeowners experience with their roofs, however, aren't due to manufacturer defects. A manufacturer may provide a 20 year basic warranty, but that doesn't mean that it covers a general lack of maintenance or any wear and tear that occurs after the 10 year mark.
An extended warranty extends protection both in scope and length. Some extended warranties simply extend the basic protection out to the marketed lifespan of the material. Other extended warranties actually cover wear and tear, and some extend to protection normally associated with other domains, such as storm damage or installation errors. Such warranties are usually not provided free of charge, and homeowners must balance the upfront cost against the long term risk.
Homeowners planning to sell their home within a warranty period should consider transferability. Many warranties don't transfer from the original homeowner to a new homeowner. Such transfer may not be available, and when they are, they may require a transfer process and fee. When hiring a roofing company, be sure to ask if the guarantees extend to the person who purchases the home.