Understanding Roofing-Related Warranties

21 January 2015
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If something goes wrong with your roof after you have it installed, the roofing agency isn't always the responsible party. There are three entities who can be responsible for roofing problems: The roofing company, the roofing material manufacturer, or Mother Nature. 

Types of Roofing Problems

Common roofing problems include peeling, curling, cracking, and leaking. These issues can lead to further damage by way of mold development, water damage, rodent infestation, insect infestation, and higher energy costs due to hot or cold air seeping out of the home through the roof. 

Roofer Responsibility

The roofer will be responsible for how well they install the roof. If the roof was installed incorrectly and shingles fell off of the house or holes or cracks formed in the roof prematurely, the roofer would be responsible for re-installing the roof. Be sure to thoroughly read any roofing warranties that you may have been given so that you will know exactly what kind of issues are covered by it. 

If the damage is covered under warranty, you shouldn't have to pay to have the repairs done. 

Manufacturer Responsibility

There are times when the company that made the shingles for your roof may have made a mistake in their process. This could lead to the shingles fitting onto the roof incorrectly and the shingles aging prematurely. When this happens, you will still need to contact the roofing contractor that did the work on your home, but the responsibility for the problems with your roof will lie with the company who actually made the materials that were placed on top of your home.  

This could include nails and other implements used in putting on a roof, not just the shingles themselves. 

Mother Nature / Acts of God

There are some natural occurrences that take place that are far outside the control of any roofer or roofing equipment manufacturer. These include incidences such as tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and floods. Other problems that can occur that aren't due to some natural force such as volcano activity, are also not the responsibility of roofers or material manufacturers. These would include man-made fires, bombings, shootings, fireworks, and break-ins. 

When your are ready for roof installation, be sure to take the time to make sure that your roofer is competent, licensed, and bonded. This helps virtually eliminate the possibility that you will have any problems with your roof installation. However, if you did have an issue, a reputable, professional roofer will always be willing to come fix their own mistakes and may even help you find ways to repair coincidental damage. 

For more information, contact Classic Remodeling Corporation or a similar company.