How to make sure you’re not voiding your protection
How much does your war- ranty cover? If you’re not familiar with the fine print, you’re likely to answer incorrectly thanks to com- mon misconceptions about what warranties do and
Don’t get caught off guard. Do the
right thing for your roof by reviewing
your warranty, fully understanding
its terms and implementing a smart
maintenance plan that will ensure
you stay compliant with your roof’s
warranty for its entire lifespan.
How Warranties Work
People often think of a roof war-
ranty in the same way they think of
warranties on electronics, but noth-
ing could be further from the truth.
Roofs typically come with a two- to
five-year warranty from the contractor that covers defects in the installation process, but beyond that, your
warranty coverage is coming entirely
from the manufacturer’s material
warranty, and that only covers the
materials that make up the roof.
Building owners tend to think of
warranties as insurance policies, but
they’re not. Likewise, they’re not a
maintenance agreement or a guarantee that the roof will be watertight or
constructed with quality workmanship. Outside of the contractor’s warranty period, it’s only the materials
that are covered. If the material naturally starts to come apart from dry rot
or other natural elements, that would
be covered, but those instances are
rare. Roofing materials typically last
as long as the warranty says they will.
Despite that, it’s important to
maintain your warranty even though
the odds are that you’ll never need to
use it. If your roof turns out to have
a material defect, it can cost as much
to fix as the original cost of your roof.
Maintaining your warranty protects
your wallet, not just your building.
How Much is Covered
Warranty specifics vary depending
on a number of factors. It’s important
to pay attention to the verbiage of
your warranties, even with simple
things like leaks. If a leak is deter-
Keep Your Roof Covered
with a Warranty
BY ERIC SMAUSE AND PAUL SMAUSE
mined to be the fault of the installer,
then the manufacturer’s warranty
won’t cover it. It also depends on how
long it takes for you to notice the leak
because by the time you notice something is wrong, you could be outside of
the contractor’s warranty period.
Pay special attention to the warranty
PONDING WATER AROUND THE DRAIN has
encouraged vegetation to grow in this roof
and damaged the roof itself. “Out of sight,
out of mind” is a good way to void your
Most exclusions are things you
would assume are covered by a
roof warranty, such as damage to
the interior caused by a roof leak.
Warranties typically exclude these
events from coverage.
■ Interior damage
■ Damage to other parts of the roof
■ Loss of production
■ Loss of inventory
■ Equipment damage
■ Acts of God and war
■ Environmental damage
■ Ponded water