How to File a Roofing Warranty Claim

Most roofing products are designed to last for at least as long as its warranty period. Occasionally, circumstances arise that require the filing of a roofing warranty claim. Most major roofing manufacturers have made this process is relatively simple.

The vast majority of roofing manufacturers require you to file a roofing warranty claim within 30 days of first becoming aware of a possible defect. We highly recommend that you read your roofing warranty prior to filing a claim. The terms and conditions set forth in the warranty are very explicit, and you can be assured that the roofing manufacturer is going to stick to these guidelines. They are not likely to give you more than what is stated in their warranty.

 

Shingle roofing warranties typically range from 20 to 50 years. Many homeowners don’t realize that their roofing warranty does not fully cover the entire cost of replacement for a manufacturer defect. After the initial “up-front” period of ownership (the first 3 to 10 years depending on the product), the warranty becomes pro-rated. This means that of the roofing manufacturer will only cover a percentage of the cost of replacement depending on how old the roof is.

In addition, roofing warranties rarely cover the cost of labor and the replacement of the other components of the roofing system. There are a few roofing manufacturers that offer extended warranties (that can be purchased at a premium) that offer limited coverage for labor and other roofing components. You may have to re-invest several thousand dollars into your roof to replace it to cover the cost of labor, component products, and disposal. This comes as a big surprise to many homeowners.

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