Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home; not only does your roof provide shelter and protection from the outdoor elements, but it also provides significant structural support for your home. A residential roof warranty is a written agreement that stipulates what you can expect from your roof and the responsibilities of the homeowner, manufacturer, and roofing professional should repair or replacement be required. As a vital structure in your home that is also quite costly to repair, your roof should always be covered by a warranty, though the length and terms of a warranty may vary. Understanding your residential roof warranty will help you know your rights, but you should be aware that roof warranties do not cover all types of damage or repair.
Depending on the materials used in the construction of a roof, local regulations, and even which roofer you choose, your roof may be covered for a term of anywhere between 5 and 40 years. When problems such as leaks occur with your roof, your warranty will determine which remedies are available to you. In many cases, the leak will be fixed either by minor repairs or replacing that section of the roof. Ultimately, a residential roof warranty should guarantee the general quality of your roof and its installation. In other words, your warranty protects the life of your roof by ensuring its integrity and performance.
Moreover, the roof warranty will often specify the procedures and process for inspecting and repairing damage to a roof. For example, your warranty will likely require that an inspection is completed to identify the source and extent of damage and whether or not this damage is covered by the warranty. Indeed, because warranties on roof do not usually offer full coverage, you'll want to carefully review this document with your roofing professional so that you fully understand your responsibilities. In fact, warranties can vary depending not only on the materials used in construction or the installation professional's specifications, but also on the manufacturer's guidelines. You should therefore take care to review the fine print of your warranty where you will find information about exclusions to coverage which usually include acts of nature, building structural failure, metal work failure, and even wind.
It is also important to note that the warranty on your residential roof may be voided in certain circumstances. For example, any modifications, renovations, or repairs to your roof or roofing structure without notifying your manufacturer or contractor will likely null your warranty. In most cases, you will need written authorization to go through with these kinds of work and you will need to be sure to hire a qualified, licensed contractor to complete alterations.
Ultimately, roofing warranties on residential buildings can vary significantly and as the homeowner it is your responsibility to understand what is covered, what is not, and what work may void your warranty.