How do I find out what the warranty is on my roof?
When trying to find out whether your roof is under warranty, or what that warranty covers, you can go to the shingle manufacturer, if you know it, or the original contractor, if you don't. If you weren't the owner of your home when the roof was installed, you should try to find the person who was. You can also contact local roofing contractors to see if they have a record of working on your home. If all else fails, consider contacting a contractor and having them come look at your roof. They may recognize the manufacturer of your shingles, and perhaps even the workmanship of the company that installed them.
Roof warranty limitations
When reviewing the details of your roof warranty, it's important to keep in mind that, in many cases, manufacturers will only cover replacement or repair costs if you can show that it was a defect in the product that caused the damage. Cases involving fire or natural disasters are often covered in your homeowners' insurance policy, so keep a copy of that on hand as well.
Another consideration is that when common shingle names appear to indicate a material's longevity, that doesn't necessarily mean that your roof warranty extends for the full duration implied. So-called 30-year architectural shingles, for instance, can last up to 30 years in the right conditions, but many roof warranties cover a much shorter period of time, particularly if you live in an area affected by extreme climates or weather conditions.
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If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.
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