High-quality roofing manufacturers make it a mission and part of their branding to provide high-quality products to customers. But, even the best quality control protocols may overlook certain issues that can make these materials fail during installation. This is clearly not the customer's fault, and a warranty will ensure manufacturers would replace the faulty materials with new ones.
Most warranties have long-term protection. On average, a 10-year material warranty ensures your roof will work as the manufacturers intend it within ten years or your money back. Reputable brands stretch this protection period longer, especially if they've included more protective components to extend its lifespan. Sometimes, manufacturers will give you a 50-year warranty on parts and labor if you install their roof structural reinforcement systems, ridge caps, starter strip shingles, or other components.
Manufacturers will automatically honor warranties once a certified roofing contractor installs your roof. These roofers have learned and trained with the manufacturer on installing their roof system's components in the best way possible. Furthermore, they're licensed, insured, certified, and trusted by local properties in your area.
GAF Roofing talks more about warranties and transferable warranties in the excerpt below. Note that manufacturers have different types of warranties, but GAF's overview can give you an idea about how it works.
What Do Residential Roof Warranties Typically Cover?
Coverage can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer of the roofing products, the combination of products installed, and even who installs it. The most basic types, such as the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty*, provide coverage against manufacturing defects in the roofing materials with no additional purchase or registration needed.
Roofing manufacturers may also offer enhanced roof warranty coverage when you install a certain number of products, or when the roofing system is installed by certain contractors. For example, the GAF Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty*, only available through GAF Master Elite® Contractors**, provides coverage against manufacturing defects in the products, their misapplication, as well as coverage for tear-off and disposal — if necessary in connection with a covered claim.
Many residential roof warranties also provide some coverage for wind damage and algae discoloration. It is important to carefully review and understand your warranty's terms. Here's some information on GAF warranties if you'd like to explore the options available to you when it comes to protecting your most important investment: your home!
Can I Transfer Any Roof Warranty?
Warranty terms vary widely, and transfer rules are no exception. Be sure to pay close attention to your warranty's terms. Buyers should ask sellers at or before the time of closing what kind of roof warranty they have, and ask for a copy whenever possible. Most roofing warranties allow for one transfer. So if the seller is not the one who had the roof installed, there may be restrictions on a second transfer. This varies by warranty, and even by state — so be sure to look into it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If you determine that the warranty is eligible to be transferred, buyers should also ask the seller to leave them with any documentation they have with respect to the installation of the roof, such as a contract with the installer and/or material invoices. This may be needed at the time of transfer, or in the unlikely event of a claim later. (Continue reading here to learn more)
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