Roofing contractors offer different types of roofing warranties to their customers. These warranties assure owners that their roof will be repaired or replaced within a certain period of time per their roofing warranty. If you would like to ensure that your warranty provisions protect both you and your customers, a roofing lawyer in Illinois who is experienced in drafting roofing contracts is important to have in your corner.
Not all roofing warranties are created equal. However, if you want to provide your customers with top-notch service, familiarize yourself with the warranties below. To learn about what voids a warranty, read part two of our article.
What Do Roof Warranties Cover?
A typical roofing warranty should cover labor and material costs for roof leaks and damage caused by high winds as well as add-on coverages such as hail damage and accidental puncture coverage. Every warranty should be evaluated for things such as the scope of coverage, monetary limits, nullification, and exclusions.
1. Manufacturer Warranty
Manufacturer warranties cover the roofing material from the manufacturer but coverage depends on the brand. These warranties vary with coverage ranging from 25 years to a lifetime warranty. Some will cover the material only while some will cover the entire system.
2. Contractor Warranty
Contractor roof warranties, also known as a guarantee, come from the roofing company that performs the roof installation. They are designed to assure one party (the owner) that the work is performed in a proper manner and in accordance with the design.
3. Workmanship Warranty
Some contractors provide a warranty against poor workmanship or installation errors. These may be effective for 10 years or more as long as the contractor remains in business. It will cover you against costs related to actual installation failures and errors which a labor-only warranty may not cover.
4. Labor Warranties
A labor warranty will cover the cost of repairing a defective roof but not installation failures. Many full system warranties include labor.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.