There are two types of warranties: express and implied. The first is what people generally think of as “the warranty” when they choose a roof system– the one that says how long the warranty will be and what the terms are. The second is more fundamental. According to the Uniform Commercial Code for every manufactured product, regardless of what it is, if it is brought to market, the producer implies that the product is fit for its intended use. If a company makes a teapot, it is implying that the teapot will hold hot tea if you don’t crack it or turn it over, i.e., you use it the way it is intended. The company implies that they will keep a foot covered and comfortable– but only if you choose the right fit and don’t wear them wet if a company makes socks. If you first use them as a dog toy, the manufacturer does not imply that the socks will be functional. http://www.bestroofguy.com/mn/St-Paul/
The first is what people generally think of as “the warranty” when they choose a roof system– the one that says how long the warranty will be and what the terms are. The first type of warranty is a written contract between the owner of the warranty and the building holder (roofing manufacturer, contractor, or both) that expressly states the extent of responsibility and the limits of liability of the warranty holder. The express warranty states in legalese not only what the warranty holder will or will not do in the case of a roof failure but also what the owner is required to do to keep the warranty intact. The express warranty also may attempt to negate the UCC by stating that the written warranty overrides any other warranty “written or implied,” thus acknowledging that the materials may not be fit for their intended use.
If a company makes roofing materials, the implied warranty under the Uniform Commercial Code says that the materials will be serviceable as a roof and will keep the building dry if installed as instructed by the manufacturer on a building that is suitable for the roof installation. If designed and installed correctly, the roofing manufacturer has implied that its roof system will function as a roof. The Best Roof Guy Team can help you better understand your options. http://www.bestroofguy.com/mn/St-Paul/
Even labor and materials warranties need to be carefully scrutinized. Some manufacturers only provide pro-rated warranties where the amount payable for replacements or repairs depends on the length of time the warranty has been in place. This means the longer the roof has been down, the less money may be available for remedies should the roof fail. The manufacturer justifies this by saying that you have had the use of the roof for the warranty period that has gone by, so why should they pay you for the time you have already used it? Other warranties limit the amount that can be applied to a replacement to the initial cost of installing the roof. Because inflation will often raise roofing costs significantly past the original cost of the roof, this also can provide not enough funds. The last option is an NDL or “no dollar limit” warranty. This absolutely does not mean that the manufacturer will pay for everything no matter what the cost to repair or replace your roof; it simply means that the warranty is not pro-rated nor is it limited to the original roofing cost. If it is found that the manufacturer is liable for the failure but it is the manufacturer’s option whether to do so, the manufacturer may pay all of the replacement costs.
Knowing what kind of protection homeowners can expect from a roof warranty is a complicated question.
There are manufacturer warranties that cover the materials themselves, and there are workmanship warranties offered by the roofing contractors that install the work. Sometimes these warranties overlap, but that’s certainly not always the case. Just what kind of roof warranty do you need, and what does each kind actually protect you against?
The most common kind of roof warranty is a shingle warranty or manufacturer’s warranty, which may cover you for 20 to 50 years. This type of warranty only protects you against defects in the roofing materials themselves, causing them to break down or fail before they should.
If the homeowner can not demonstrate the roof has been periodically maintained, a manufacturer’s warranty may be void.
Having a manufacturer warranty is valuable, it’s actually rare for a roofing problem to be traced to a manufacturing defect. More commonly, a substandard roof is attributable to poor installation– against which you may have no warranty. For that reason, it’s important to hire Best Roof Guy to install your new roof.
And even if the materials themselves are at fault, your warranty may only cover those materials– not the labor required to install them.
A roofer who installs your new roof may offer an installation warranty or workmanship warranty. This covers the contractor’s work that goes into putting a new roof on or other labor associated with your roofing project. Best Roof Guy roofers offer the highest level of roof warranties
More of these kinds of workmanship warranties are being offered by roofing contractors who want to stand by their work, but usually it carries some kind of clause stating that the warranty is only valid if that contractor is the only one to work on the roof. The workmanship warranty may be void if you bring in another contractor to fix something on the roof after the original labor.
Whenever a roofing project is in the design phase, one of the first items discussed is the length of the warranty. Rather than focusing on what is important, the warranty is shown off like a ten-carat diamond to dazzle the building owner into using that roof system. The question becomes– is it all hype or is it an essential part of any roof installation? The answer lies somewhere between. To know where the truth lies, one must first understand what a roof warranty is and what it is not.
Another clause that bears noting: Some roofing contractors stipulate that their warranty is only intact if the building owner hires them (for a fee) to provide the maintenance on the roof for the warranty period. This seems like extortion. The building owner should be free to hire whomever he or she pleases to provide maintenance. An alternative to hiring a contractor to be responsible for inspections is to hire a roofing architect or engineer to provide the maintenance inspections and a contractor to do the repairs noted in the report. That way the owner only pays for the work that is required at the maintenance and that time requirement of the warranty is still fulfilled.
A manufacturer’s warranty can cover either the roofing materials only or both labor and materials. A materials-only warranty is useless as the materials are already covered under the UCC, and failure of the materials is a violation of the implied fitness for use. A materials-only warranty may in fact override the implied warranty. Be sure to read a materials-only warranty carefully, before you ask to receive one, to be sure the warranty does not revoke your rights under the UCC.
Another clause that bears noting: Some roofing contractors stipulate that their warranty is only intact if the building owner hires them (for a fee) to provide the maintenance on the roof for the warranty period.
There are also two different entities that may provide a warranty– the roofing materials manufacturer and the roofing contractor. If problems occur, the roofing contractor’s warranty will generally only repair the roof to make it watertight. The only assets available to back up the warranty are those of the contractor itself because the warranty is issued by the contractor. Thus, a bankruptcy of the contractor will mean you have no warranty at all. Best you investigate the solvency of a roofing contractor before accepting a contractor-only warranty.
The first type of warranty is a written contract between the owner of the warranty and the building holder (roofing manufacturer, contractor, or both) that expressly states the extent of responsibility and the limits of liability of the warranty holder. It is absolutely not a guarantee that the roof is not going to leak. The express warranty states in legalese not only what the warranty holder will or will not do in the case of a roof failure but also what the owner is required to do to keep the warranty intact. The express warranty also may attempt to negate the UCC by stating that the written warranty overrides any other warranty “written or implied,” thus acknowledging that the materials may not be fit for their intended use.