What is a standard roofing warranty?

What is a standard roofing warranty?

The place you live with your family is filled with memories, adventures, growing up, learning, and rites of passage. Sheltering it all overhead is your home’s roof, arguably the most essential component of a house and a significant investment in property, safety, and resale value.

On the surface, the roof of a home appears benign at best; a lot of square footage with shingles in various material forms, shapes, and sizes. But a roof of course does much more than look good and occupy space; it protects those inside from weather elements like scorching hot sun, violent storms, and icy cold snow. And although it can seem overwhelming in regard to visual design, the sheer size of a roof goes a long way in adding to riveting curb appeal.

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Make Sure You’re Covered

With so much below counting on what is above, it’s critical to become familiar with roofing warranties and make sure you have one. A comprehensive roofing warranty has a tremendous impact on long-term performance, replacement value in the event of storms, and resale value. But how do you understand long and detailed warranties and know what is covered and what is not?

Most traditional roofing warranties today are divided into two categories: roofing material and workmanship. Both of these typically work in tandem to provide the best overall coverage. Let’s take a closer look:

Roofing Material Warranty

The most common warranty in this arena is roofing material, which covers protection with the product if shingles are found defective before or after installation. This long-term warranty usually spans 25 years or more, but is it enough? A roof is a complex structure beyond just shingles and while a material warranty might cover just that, you still have to pony up for installation.

Workmanship Warranty

Quality roofing installation is a big deal and a legitimate art form in the construction industry. It won’t do much good to have shingles made of gold if installation is shoddy and they fly off on the first windy day.

Workmanship warranties generally cover labor and installation and are a simultaneous badge of honor for the installer and homeowner confidence that the work is guaranteed for many years. Owning a home brings plenty of ancillary stress; homeowners don’t need more by worrying about their roof.

So which warranty is best? A general rule of thumb is solid warranties cover at least 10 years for workmanship and 25 years or more for materials. Keep those parameters in mind when embarking on your next roofing project.

More questions on roofing warranties? Contact the pros at Mark’s Custom Exteriors at (503) 397-2215

Angie Holcomb
Author: Angie HolcombIn late 1993, one year after their marriage, Angie and Mark Holcomb decided it was time to follow their dream, and the couple set out to launch their own business. One year later, in 1994, Marks Custom Exteriors was established, one loving couple, one new truck and a passion for their vision. 25 years and many roofs later, MCE has grown to become Portland's premier roofing company and one of the only Nationally Recognized Roofing Companies in the State of Oregon as a GAF Master Elite Contractor. They remain committed to building lasting relationships with their customers through outstanding customer service, expert craftsmanship, and professional behavior and appearance among every member of our team.