Roofing Warranties: Manufacturers vs. Installation

The difference between roofing warranties for materials and warranties from roofing installation companies lies in what they cover and who is responsible for providing the warranty.

Roofing material warranties are typically offered by the manufacturers of the roofing materials themselves. These warranties typically cover defects in the materials, such as manufacturing defects or premature deterioration. The duration of material warranties can vary, ranging from a few years to several decades, depending on the type and quality of the roofing material.

On the other hand, warranties from roofing installation companies are provided by the contractors who install the roofing system. These warranties cover the workmanship and installation of the roof. They ensure that the roof is installed correctly and that any issues arising from the installation, such as leaks or improper flashing, will be addressed and repaired by the roofing company. The duration of installation warranties can vary among contractors, typically ranging from a few years to a decade or more.

It’s important for homeowners to understand the terms and conditions of both material and installation warranties before making a decision. It is recommended to choose a reputable roofing company that offers both quality roofing materials and a solid installation warranty. This ensures that you have comprehensive coverage for your roofing system and peace of mind knowing that any issues will be addressed by the responsible party.

Common Roofing Material Warranties

Manufacturer’s Material Warranty: This is provided by the manufacturer of the roofing material and covers defects in the materials themselves, such as manufacturing defects or premature deterioration. The duration of these warranties can vary depending on the type and quality of the roofing material.

  • Limited Lifetime Warranty: Some roofing manufacturers offer limited lifetime warranties that provide coverage for the expected lifespan of the roofing material. These warranties typically have specific terms and conditions, and the coverage may vary depending on the manufacturer.
  • Prorated Warranty: Prorated warranties cover the roofing material for a certain period, typically with full coverage during the initial years and decreasing coverage over time. These warranties may require regular maintenance or specific conditions to be met for the coverage to remain valid.
  • System Warranty: In addition to material warranties, some manufacturers offer system warranties that cover the entire roofing system, including underlayment, flashing, and other components. These warranties provide comprehensive coverage for the entire roofing system and ensure compatibility between different components.
  • Transferable Warranty: Some roofing material warranties are transferable, meaning they can be transferred to a new homeowner if the property is sold. This adds value to the property and can be an attractive feature for potential buyers.

It’s important to carefully review the terms and conditions of roofing material warranties to understand the coverage, exclusions, and any maintenance requirements to keep the warranty valid. Additionally, consulting with a professional roofing contractor can help provide guidance on the specific warranties offered by different manufacturers and their suitability for your roofing needs.

Common Roofing Installation Warranties

Workmanship Warranty: This type of warranty is provided by the roofing installation company and covers any defects or issues arising from the installation process. It ensures that the roofing work is performed to industry standards and guarantees the quality of the installation. Workmanship warranties typically have a duration of a few years and may include provisions for roof repairs or corrections if any issues arise.

Labor Warranty: A labor warranty specifically covers the labor involved in the roofing installation. It provides protection against any problems related to the workmanship and installation of the roofing system. Labor warranties can vary in duration, typically ranging from one to ten years, depending on the roofing contractor.

Roofing Contractor Warranty: Some roofing contractors offer their own warranty that covers both materials and workmanship. These comprehensive warranties provide added peace of mind, as they ensure that the roofing installation is covered by a single warranty, simplifying the claims process and accountability.

Transferable Warranty: Similar to material warranties, some roofing installation warranties can be transferred to a new homeowner if the property is sold. This can be advantageous for both the seller and the buyer, as it adds value to the property and provides ongoing coverage for the roofing system.

Length of Warranties

The length of roofing warranties can vary depending on several factors, including the roofing material, manufacturer, and specific warranty terms. Here are some general guidelines for the lengths of common roofing warranties:

Material Warranties

  • Asphalt Shingles: Typically, asphalt shingle warranties range from 20 to 50 years. However, it’s important to note that the length of coverage may vary based on the specific shingle product and manufacturer.
  • Metal Roofs: Metal roof warranties can range from 30 to 50 years or even more, depending on the type of metal roofing material and the manufacturer’s warranty terms.
  • Tile and Slate Roofs: Tile and slate roofs often come with warranties that range from 30 to 50 years, ensuring the durability and longevity of these materials.
  • Wood Shake Roofs: Wood shake roofs may have warranties ranging from 20 to 40 years, providing coverage for the natural wood material.

Roofing Installation Warranties

  • Workmanship and Labor Warranties: These warranties typically range from one to ten years, depending on the roofing contractor and the specific terms of the warranty. Some contractors may offer longer warranties for their workmanship and labor.

It’s important to note that the length of warranties is not the only factor to consider. The terms and conditions of the warranty, including any maintenance requirements or exclusions, should be carefully reviewed to fully understand the coverage provided. Additionally, working with reputable manufacturers and experienced roofing contractors can ensure that the warranty will be honored and any potential issues will be addressed.

SlopePro’s Warranty

At SlopePro, we are the sole roofing company in Georgia and Virginia to provide a Lifetime Transferable Guarantee*. While others may offer limited warranties on materials and installation, we go above and beyond. We match material warranties with our top-notch installation service, giving you double the protection and the best value for your investment. With SlopePro, you can have peace of mind knowing that your roof is backed by the longest-lasting guarantee in the industry.