What to Look for in a Shingle Warranty

Provided it’s well constructed and properly cared for, a sturdy roof can last for years or even decades before it needs to be replaced. This durability even extends to the shingles that make up the roof, despite the beating that they take every day from wind, snow, and the punishing rays of the sun. Nevertheless, a major repair or roof replacement can be a costly proposition so it’s important to make sure your roof is covered by a warranty.

Choosing the right warranty isn’t always a simple prospect, especially since there’s some misinformation out there regarding how these warranties work. One important distinction to make is between the shingle warranty—provided by the manufacturer—and the workmanship warranty—provided by the contractor.

The manufacturer’s warranty will be the focus of this article. We’ll tell you how to navigate some of the more complex issues as you look for the best shingle warranty.

What, Exactly, Does the Word “Warranty” Mean?

Simply put, a warranty is a guarantee from your manufacturer that, should your roof encounter any defects, it will cover the costs of replacement or repair. Most major purchases have warranties, and roofing materials are no exception.

What Does Your Warranty Cover?

The terms of a warranty will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, so you need to shop around a bit to ensure you have the best one available to you. In most cases, your shingle warranty will cover any defects in your roof caused by flaws in the manufacturing. This is an important distinction to note: they only cover defects that arise from manufacturing flaws, not anything caused by improper installation.

Because of this, it’s important to ensure your roof is installed by a great contractor, like Interstate Roofing, that offers comprehensive workmanship warranties of its own. In this way, you ensure you’re covered on both the manufacturing end as well as the installation end.

In most cases, the shingle warranty will cover replacement materials—although not installation or disposal—for a number of years. This number could be 20 years, 50 years, or even a “lifetime” warranty. Note, however, that the length of the warranty does not necessarily correlate to the lifetime of the roof (i.e., just because a roof has a 50-year warranty doesn’t necessarily guarantee it’s actually expected to last for 50 years).

It Doesn’t Matter How Good the Manufacturer Is If They Don’t Offer A Good Warranty

When it comes to roof warranties, homeowners sometimes shrug their shoulders and don’t worry about them. They figure that, since the shingles that make up the roof can take a beating, a warranty isn’t something they’ll ever have to worry about. Or they opt for a cheaper manufacturer that offers a less comprehensive warranty. This is a mistake because, if issues with the roof do end up presenting themselves, repairs can cost many thousands of dollars if you’re not covered.

Beyond this, a good warranty is also a sign of the manufacturer’s confidence in its product. If it doesn’t offer comprehensive coverage, you should ask yourself why not. Do the roofing materials break down often, to the point where repairing them would become prohibitively expensive for the company? A strong warranty is a good indicator that the manufacturer believes strongly that its product will last for many years. It’s also an indicator that quality matters to the company and that it’s willing to pay to replace any materials that aren’t up to snuff.

Beware of the Proration Period

All standard manufacturer’s warranties are prorated, which can severely limit your coverage. In the case of warranties, prorated simply means that the amount covered will diminish over time. This means that, early in the lifetime of the roof, you may have full coverage, but if defects appear halfway into the coverage period, you may only be covered for half of the damage. Most manufacturers offer extended warranties through their certified contractors that will increase the non-prorated period. This is a fantastic option and could be considered an inexpensive insurance policy.

Look for “Transferable” Warranties

Another important detail to check for on your warranty contract is whether the warranty is, in fact, transferable. This simply means that, should you sell the house, you can transfer the warranty to the new owner so that they’re covered in the event a manufacturing defect presents itself.
A transferable warranty is an important thing to have because many prospective buyers will be looking for one when they’re house hunting. If you can demonstrate to them that they’ll be covered if there are any issues with their roofing materials, they’re more likely to consider purchasing your house. In this way, a transferable warranty may increase the value of your home and the chance of selling it when the time comes.

Make Sure You Have Everything in Writing

Because there’s so much to watch out for when you’re shopping around for a warranty, it’s critical to have everything in writing from the manufacturer you end up choosing. How long is the warranty good for? What does it cover? Is it transferable? Is it prorated? All of this should be written down so that it’s legal and clear. This is the only way to guarantee peace of mind for a homeowner who’s already spending a great deal of money to replace their roof. The contract should be written in plain English as well. You shouldn’t have to be a lawyer to navigate it.

Finally, Make Sure You Have a Great Contractor

A good shingle warranty is a must, but a good workmanship warranty is key as well. Your manufacturer will cover defects in the products it sells, but this coverage won’t extend to improper installation. That’s why you need to make sure you have a proper installation and that this installation is covered just as thoroughly as the materials being used. A company like Interstate Roofing is a great choice for a contractor that can ensure your peace of mind as you sleep under your carefully constructed new roof.

What Are the Benefits of an Owens Corning Shingles Warranty?

The process of getting a new roof can involve a lot of stressful decisions. This includes what roofing materials you will use. Shingles are one of the most durable and aesthetically-pleasing options. Even the most durable materials, however, aren’t completely immune to problems. That’s why we recommend an extended warranty from the manufacturer in addition to the contractor’s workmanship warranty.

The different warranty options are something you’ll have to look into closely. The Owens Corning shingles warranty is known to be one of the best roofing warranties you can find. But what are some of the advantages you can expect? Unfortunately, some people can be confused by warranties or misunderstand key information. That’s where we come in to help. Read on below to find out more information about the Owens Corning shingles warranty. When it comes to your roof, the more informed you are the better.

Manufacturer Guarantee

To start, an overall benefit of roofing warranties is that they get the manufacturer to be involved in the installation of your new roof. Warranties are a way of ensuring their product will be effective, and that if it isn’t, you won’t be hung out to dry.

Owens Corning is also very confident about the quality and durability of their shingles. Your roof is a major investment, so you already want to go with a durable roofing material option. But mistakes can always happen. So you also want to have protection in case something goes wrong. That’s one of the overall benefits of the Owens Corning shingles warranty.

The Owens Corning shingles warranty covers any problem with your shingles that happened because of the way they were made during the manufacturing process. These are otherwise known as and, commonly referred to as, manufacturing defects. Manufacturing defects can negatively impact the shingles’ ability to protect your roof and can even lead to leaks. The shingles warranty can provide repairs or even replacement if there’s a problem with the shingles that’s caused by product failure. The warranty doesn’t cover any defects that occur because of improper installation. You’ll need a separate workmanship warranty for that.

Lifetime Warranty

Owens Corning shingles warranty will give you limited lifetime warranty coverage. This means that, as a single-family homeowner, you’ll be protected by the warranty for as long as you own your home. It’s also another indication that Owens Corning stands by the quality of their shingles.

TRU PROtection Period

The Owens Corning shingles warranty has a TRU PROtection Period. The period begins right after installation and lasts through the first 10 years. Under this period, you’ll be compensated for the cost to repair, replace, or recover the defective shingles. What’s covered depends on what Owens Corning decides is the way to go. If Owens Corning decides to replace the shingles, the replacement shingles and the labor specifically involved to replace them will be covered. If they decide to repair or recover, you’ll receive compensation for the labor that’s directly needed for repairing and recovering the shingles. The exact compensation you receive will also have to be determined by Owens Corning.

Under this 10-year TRU PROtection Period, your warranty won’t be prorated. In some other companies’ warranties, the coverage will already be prorated to 60 percent by the first 10 years.

Once the 10 years under the TRU PROtection Period are over, the prorated period begins. The compensation is now at 80 percent and will go down 2 percent every year until the 40th year. After year 41, the compensation would be at 20 percent.

Blow Off Coverage and StreakGuard Algae Resistance

This TRU PROtection Period doesn’t apply to the coverage of damage to shingles caused by wind or algae. These are known as Blow Off Coverage and StreakGuard Algae Resistance.

Blow Off Coverage is for the first 15 years after installation. This means that your replacement shingles will be covered if your shingles blow off or are damaged by wind.

StreakGuard Algae Resistance is provided for the first 10 years. This is coverage for the brown-black stain that can appear on your roof and that is caused by algae.

Simple Claims

Owens Corning makes their warranties easier and less confusing to manage. They’ll provide easy-to-follow steps for when you want to register, transfer, or process a no-hassle claim. To register your warranty, you can conveniently just click a link on Owens Corning’s website.

Warranty Is Transferable

What if you’re selling your home to a new homeowner? Not all warranties are transferable, but luckily, Owens Corning warranties are, so don’t fret. There will be an outline of the process included in the warranty documents. Just keep in mind that the company will need to be notified of the transfer, usually within 60 days.

No Extra Requirements

Unlike some warranties, the Owens Corning standard shingles warranty doesn’t have extra requirements. This means you don’t need to have additional components, such as underlayment or vents.

If you really want to take advantage of the warranty’s benefits, make sure to take good care of your shingles. Also, keep an eye on the state of your roof. For instance, if you pay close attention and think you see the beginnings of a leak, call your roofer to inspect. This will allow you to file a claim right away. And, again, Owens Corning makes filing claims simple and quick. When it comes to something as essential as your roof, the earlier the better. If you have any questions about your roof, you can turn to us at Interstate Roofing. You can also find some tips for taking care of your roof on our website.

At Interstate Roofing, we’re an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor. This allows us to not only offer Owens Corning’s standard warranty, but also warranties that extend the TRU Protection Period and include workmanship errors. We are also licensed, and we make sure our employees have up-to-date training and are incredibly qualified. In addition to offering the Owens Corning shingles warranty, we have our own workmanship warranties. You can find plenty more information about our warranties, as well as much more, by looking at our website.