the language, obtain an explanation
in writing to keep with the rest of
your warranty records.
Other considerations to watch for
Transfer of ownership. If you
sell the building, the roof warranty
may be void if it doesn’t specifically
stipulate that the warranty moves to
the new owner.
How legal disputes are settled.
You would think that if there are any
legal disputes, you would handle
them in the state where the roof
is. That’s not always true. Some
exclusions as well. Most of them
are items you might expect a war-
ranty would cover. (See “Typical
Exclusions” on page 20.) All warran-
ties are different, so read your exclu-
sions carefully and have a lawyer look
them over too. Remember that it may
not always be a storm that damages
your roof – you could have an air con-
ditioning unit with a loose door that
comes unhinged and punctures your
membrane. Most warranties exclude
punctures, so if equipment is what
damages your roof, there goes your
warranty. If you need to clarify any of
MOST WARRANTIES REQUIRE a basic level of maintenance. If you put off taking care of your roof, it could end up looking
like this before you ever lay eyes on it. Needless to say, the repairs to this roof will not be covered by a warranty.
warranties require disputes to be
handled in the state where the
manufacturer is, so if they’re based
in Pennsylvania, they may have it
in their clause that you must settle
legal disputes in Pennsylvania and
not where the actual building is.
Is it a pro-rated warranty? All
pro-rated warranties have a cost
involved. The longer the term of the
warranty, the higher the cost rises.
A no dollar limit warranty offers the
least liability for future costs during
the warranty term, but you have to
know what is covered.
If you live in an area with special
weather considerations, you may
decide to customize your warranty
with additional coverage. For
example, if your location is prone
to hurricanes or tornados, you may
want to opt for a wind speed warranty that will cover damage from
winds up to a certain speed. Roofs in
regions with hail could benefit from
a warranty that includes puncture
resistance; some policies cover damage from hailstones up to 2 inches in
Remember that it may not always be a storm that damages your
roof – you could have an air conditioning unit with a loose door
that comes unhinged and punctures your membrane. Most
warranties exclude punctures, so if equipment is what damages
your roof, there goes your warranty.