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Roof Warranties: The Real Deal

12/29/2016
Roof Warranties: The Real Deal

In today’s age, most roofing systems are installed with a warranty. Unfortunately, many consumers fail to actually read and understand what these warranties entail. While these documents aren’t exactly leisurely reading, it is essential to examine the fine print before signing the contract. The first thing that should be deciphered is the type of warranty being issued; implied or express.

Implied: A warranty that is understood without being written out. This type of warranty covers the performance that can reasonably be expected from a material marketed for a specific purpose. For example, if a material utilized as a roof membrane is installed, there is an implied warranty that it will operate within its capacity to prevent water from passing through. Additionally, it is implied that the material will continue to perform within its capacity unless an external force such as hail, high wind, or fire impacts its ability to function.

An important aspect of an implied warranty is that the material conforms to the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). This code gives consumers the right to expect a sold product will perform for its intended use. Nearly all products are covered under the UCC, unless the implied warranty is contractually waived, such as through a written warranty. If there is a written warranty that excludes an implied warranty, the UCC no longer applied.

Express: This type of warranty is a written document issued by the roofing materials manufacturer or roofing contractor. These contracts are between the warranty issuer and the roof system purchaser. Furthermore, it limits the liability the issuer will assume if there are problems with the roof system. Under express warranties, there are various specifications as to what is covered. For example, if the roof needs to be replaced, a materials-only warranty will only supply the replacement material but the labor will not be covered.

Buyers should be especially careful when reading and understanding the terms of express warranties. Additionally, it should be understood that once a warranty is signed, there is a contractual obligation to maintain the roof, similar to how a car owner would bring their vehicle in for routine maintenance. Furthermore, there are often notification requirements that state a buyer must provide written requests within a specified time frame of discovering a problem.

While warranties can offer significant benefits, it is advisable to thoroughly read and understand the terms you are agreeing to. Buyers should also seek out professionals such as MAC Construction & Roofing, Inc. who will properly design and install the roof to begin with. Proper maintenance and yearly inspections will ensure a well-functioning roof for years to come.