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Navigating Your Way Through Roofing Warranties

If you are looking to have your roof replaced or have recently had it replaced, it’s important to know exactly what the warranties on your roof mean. It’s important that homeowners understand the implications of their warranties in the event that they need to use them – every warranty is only as good as the company behind it. There is usually a manufacturer warranty from the company that makes your roofing material and a labor or workmanship warranty from the installer, both of which will carry a variety of coverages and conditions that can be difficult to navigate.


What you should know about manufacturer warranties

Manufacturer warranties are the most complicated type of roofing warranty, bringing with them subtle nuances that can mean the difference between a successful claim and a failed one. Manufacturer warranties generally cover defects, premature aging of roofing materials, or failures caused by manufacturing defects in the materials installed. Manufacturers have recently moved to offering mostly limited lifetime warranties, meaning that the warranty covers defects caused by the manufacturer as long as the shingles are on your roof – the manufacturer warranty will not dictate how long your shingles will last.


Over the years, some manufacturers have also made it increasingly difficult to effectively distinguish between quality grades of shingles, making it a much more complicated process for consumers to navigate. Asphalt shingles are available in three grades: “standard”, which are traditional 3-tab shingles, “better”, architectural shingles which are thicker and built to withstand more punishment, and “best”, luxury shingles which are designed to be thicker and are available in a variety of styles. The best indication of the quality of asphalt shingles will be its weight – heavier shingles will last longer than lighter ones. Each grade of shingle will generally come with a different warranty period, with “standard” grades having the shortest warranty and “best” grades having the longest.


To further complicate things, on top of shingle grades, manufacturers also have wind ratings that are strictly followed when honoring warranties. Wind ratings indicate the wind speeds that your shingles will be able to withstand – these are indicated by the ASTM rating given to the shingle. A good wind rating on most shingles is anywhere between 90-130 miles per hour, but quality is also largely dependent on installation. The wind rating will affect the way your warranty is honored, with some manufacturers going as far as denying claims on 90 mph shingles in weather with recorded winds up to 100 mph.


What you need to know about workmanship warranties

Labor warranties are only as good as the company honoring them, making it vital that homeowners choose the right roofing company. Workmanship warranties will cover homeowners in the event that mistakes are made during the installation process. The most important aspect of a workmanship warranty is a roofer’s ability to stand behind and honor it. On top of the existing manufacturer warranty, every installation performed by the roofing experts at Jack the Roofer is backed by a five-year workmanship warranty. Generally, workmanship issues will arise within the first year of having a new roof installed, but Jack the Roofer will honor its workmanship for a five year period, giving homeowners complete peace of mind. The solidity of the warranty is directly linked to how strong the foundations of the business are, and this can be deduced from Better Business Bureau ratings, online reviews (which don’t sound fake and are actually from people in your city) and good word of mouth.   


Not only does Jack the Roofer stand behind its superior workmanship warranty for all roofing installations, but our experienced team also knows how to get homeowners the very best manufacturer warranty for their roofing materials and how to help you get the most out of your insurance claim. Jack the Roofer serves as your dedicated roofing advocate with your insurance provider if we’re replacing a roof because of a claim, fighting to get you the best deal possible.

Contact the experts at Jack the Roofer today to schedule a free roofing consultation and to find out how our skilled team can meet all your Colorado roofing needs.