Everything You Need to Know Roofing Warranty Guide

Everything you need to know roofing warranty guide from RRG Roofing. Having a good roofing warranty is important to ensure you are covered in case the roofing system fails due to defective products or poor installation. A warranty protects your investment and makes that your roof performs optimally for years to come. 

Every roofing warranty is different depending on factors like type and quality of materials and workmanship and so on. Most roofs come with more than one warranty. For instance, a manufacturer’s warranty usually provides coverage for roofing materials (metal and shingles, etc.) as well as underlayment for about 20 to 50 years. 

If you opt for a material-only warranty, the manufacturer will replace your roofing materials free of cost in case the material starts deteriorating within the warranty period. 


On the other hand, a workmanship warranty protects you from shoddy installation. For example, if your roof develops leakage issues a few months after its installation, it is usually a sign of poor workmanship. A labor-only warranty provides you protection against roof leaks and other roofing issues for a specified period.

A full system warranty covers both material and labor defects. This is the most comprehensive warranty that covers almost everything related to your roofing system including shingles, flashing, underlayment, and any other materials installed on your roof. It covers the total cost (including both material and labor) of fixing leaks. Consequently, this is also the most expensive roofing warranty out there.  

How Long Does a Typical Roofing Warranty Last?

The fact is that there’s a great deal of complexity in how the warranties are worded these days. There are a lot of technical terms involved that can leave you even more confused about the duration of your roofing warranty. For instance, if the manufacturer says that your roofing warranty will last for 25 or even 50 years, the real duration of full coverage will depend on how the contract is written.

For example, if you come across a roofing system where the manufacturer mentions a lifetime or 50-year warranty in bold, there might be fine print included that says that the roof’s value will be depreciated by 80% after a certain period. There might also be exclusions like deterioration of flashing, caulking, or underlayment. 

What is a Lifetime Roofing Warranty?

High-quality shingles from trusted brands come with a lifetime warranty. However, if you read the fine print, you’ll realize that most of these warranties have a proviso. According to this, these warranties have a non-prorated period of only 10 to 20 years. Once this period expires, homeowners need to pay a part of the replacement cost out of their pockets which usually depends on the age of their roofs

Are Roofing Warranties Transferable?

It can depend on a variety of factors. Most importantly, it must be mentioned in your roofing warranty. Additionally, the terms and conditions for transfer must be explicitly stated in the warranty. A roof with a transferable warranty essentially means that your roofing system along with its remaining warranty period can be transferred to the new owner when you sell the home.

What’s not Covered in a Roofing Warranty?

Roofing warranties come with certain exclusions and limitations. Let’s look at a few things that your roofing warranty might not cover or may even void your roofing warranty.

  • Acts of God, including earthquakes, lightning strikes, storms, and tornadoes
  • Subsidiary structural damage
  • Damage occurred due to standing water
  • Unauthorized repairs
  • Fire damage
  • Improper roof cleaning
  • Negligence
  • Improperly installed satellite dishes and solar panels 

Make Sure to Hire a Trusted Roofing Contractor 

Since roofing is a large and long-term investment, always choose a trusted and established roofing company for the longest warranties. If you choose an incompetent company even if you’re getting the longest warranties on its products, it isn’t worth it if the company goes out of business or changes its location to another state in a few years.

Not only should you check the reputation of your roofing company, but also make sure to determine their roofing experience in your area. Don’t hesitate to ask for any references and try to contact their previous customers. Avoid hiring a contractor that has poor or just a few reviews online. This usually indicates that either they are new and inexperienced, or the company has rebranded itself due to a poor track record. 

Get In Touch

For top-notch results and guaranteed peace of mind, always hire a trustworthy and reputable roofing contractor that can provide you with top-quality roofing products and services backed by extensive warranties. At RRG Roofing, we are one of the most reliable and trusted roofing contractors in the region having partnerships with some of the leading roofing brands. Give us a call at 678-326-4951 and get started with your FREE estimate and consultation today. We service areas in Dahlonega, Blairsville, Hiawassee, and more!

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