Are Roof Warranties Worth It?

Getting a brand new roof on your property is neither a cheap nor an easy investment. On the contrary, it is quite a substantial investment. It can be quite easy to get caught up comparing the various types of roofing shingles and other materials available in the market. You might be set on picking out the most attractive and aesthetically pleasing profile, design, and color for your house. Not to mention having to choose the right materials for the look you’re going for. It is important to choose sturdy and durable materials that will last and to avoid just going for the prettiest roofing choice.

But, one essential item that you may not have considered is ensuring that your new roof will have adequate warranty protection and coverage. While the concept of getting a warranty on your roof may seem like a complicated thing to go over – and we are sure you want to spend more time picking the right shingle colors to go with your sidings – but it is imperative that you understand your options and make a smart and informed decision on your roof’s protection.

Keep this in mind.

Your roof protects your home from a number of hazardous, dangerous, and uncomfortable weather conditions so it is your job to protect your roof. By making sure you have a decent warranty coverage on top of your home insurance, you not only give yourself the peace of mind knowing that your roof is safeguarded but it also helps you avoid major costs of repairs and replacements in the future. 

Knowing the Basics of Roofing Warranties

When you go over the different roofing warranties that roofing contractors as well as manufacturers provide for their materials, it feels like there are way too many options and different kinds of roofing warranties available. However, when you compare all your options, you’ll find that there are really just only three main types of warranties to consider.

Standard Manufacturer Warranty

This standard manufacturer’s warranty is the warranty that covers the products or materials that are used for your roofing. 

Most roofing materials come with a basic limited lifetime warranty. This is the industry standard. However, this basic warranty is limited in the sense that it varies per manufacturer. Across all manufacturers, however, defective products are covered. However, while they will replace these defective products, you are still responsible for the cost of labor when it comes to replacing the defective products with their replacements. Luckily, there are a couple manufacturers who also cover the cost of labor to replace defective materials for the first few years. 

Additionally, the standard manufacturer warranty does not cover any materials that are damaged due to faulty installation. Thus, it is essential that an experienced contractor install your new shingles if you don’t want to void your manufacturer’s warranty.

Extended Manufacturer Warranty

An extended manufacturer’s warranty that covers contractor workmanship along with expanded coverage for the products

Aside from the standard manufacturer’s warranty, leading manufacturers understand the direct connection between installation quality and how well their roofing products perform long-term. In order to help homeowners get lasting value and provide peace of mind, some manufacturers also offer optional extended warranty coverage on new roofs installed by authorized contractors who are certified to install the roofing system according to the manufacturer’s installation requirements.

Most extended warranties are available for an additional cost and require that you have a complete roof system installed.

Contractor’s Workmanship Warranty

This workmanship warranty from your contractor should cover the installation or repair of your roof.

The last type of warranty that you need to know about is your contractor’s workmanship warranty. If you haven’t picked a contractor yet, this is also a key component that you should factor in to your decision. 

It is important to note that the contractor you choose to install your new roof plays a major role in the structures performance and lifespan. Skilled, experienced, and reputable roofers often provide installation projects with a workmanship warranty as a testimony of their skill.

While manufacturer warranties typically cover your roof’s lifetime, workmanship warranties vary depending on your chosen contractor. While some contractors do offer lifetime coverage, workmanship warranties typically last between a year to 5 years depending on the type of roofing. A good workmanship warranty should protect you against material failures that occur because of worker errors or improper installation techniques regardless of the coverage term.

Contractor workmanship warranties typically cover the cost of labor and any materials needed to make necessary repairs, and many also cover any related damages done to the home’s interior, as well as your furnishings and personal effects.


At the end of the day, it’s best to choose the right roofing material for the job with a long-term warranty. Ensuring that your roof is in the right condition should always be the priority. To learn more about New Covenant Construction warranties, or how to register your warranty, contact one of our knowledgeable representatives today.


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