Purchasing a new roof is one of the most significant investments a homeowner will have to make. Any major investment is one that is not meant to be taken half-heartedly, especially as a quality new roof is designed to last for many years. Many homeowners wrongly assume that once their new roof is installed, they no longer have to worry about their new roof as their warranty will surely cover any issues down the road, but that isn’t always the case. There could be stipulations to your warranty that could prevent you from filing a future claim. For example, did you know that a typical warranty usually only covers normal exposure to the elements and not any extreme events or situations? That’s why it’s imperative to know exactly what your roofing warranty includes or doesn’t include, and which factors can affect or even void out the validity of your warranty.

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Poor Workmanship

Even the highest quality of materials cannot withstand the results of poor workmanship from an unqualified roofing contractor. Problems with a new roof often don’t stem from the roofing materials, but rather how the contractor installed the product. If your roofing warranty only provides coverage against manufacturer defects, any errors made by the roofing contractor will not be covered. This is one reason why hiring the right roofing contractor is so important.

Improperly Ventilated Attic

An improperly ventilated attic can cause numerous problems, including premature aging, warping, and even rotting of your roofing system. This is usually a result of temperatures in the attic reaching 160 degrees or more. Damages caused by an improperly ventilated attic are sometimes not covered by your roofing warranty, so it’s important that you’re hiring an experienced roofing contractor who will perform the job correctly, and know if vents need to be added.

Applying New Shingles Over Existing Shingles

Applying new shingles over existing shingles can be a great option if you’re looking to save money, but it may also negatively affect your ability to carry a warranty on your new roof. Some manufacturers will not warrant their product when applied over old roofing material. Another advantage to removing the old roofing material before applying new is starting with a clear roof deck allows your contractor to examine the condition of the deck and sheathing before applying new shingles. If any issues are found, they can be fixed before adding new roofing materials to the decking. Damage lurking underneath old shingles that gets covered by another layer of shingles is very difficult to spot until it’s too late and costly repairs are needed.

Transferring Your Warranty

A lifetime warranty doesn’t last as long as you think. Usually, a lifetime warranty covers the life of the roof for the owner of the home during the initial construction of the roof. When you get ready to sell and move into another house, it’s possible that your roofing warranty won’t cover any repairs that the new homeowner may require down the road. Each manufacturer has their own stipulations when it comes to warranty transfers from one owner to the next, so before choosing a roofing company, you need to decide whether you want to be able to transfer the warranty to another owner when it comes time to sell.

Hiring the right roofing contractor is critical for so many reasons, including upholding the integrity of your warranty. Protect your investment by hiring the roofing professionals at Armorvue Home Exteriors. We have decades of professional roofing expertise and knowledge and will ensure that you’re completely satisfied with the purchase and installation of your new roof. Contact us today for a virtual appointment.