A roofing warranty is more than just paperwork. It provides long-term assurance and ultimate peace of mind. Whether you need storm damage repair for your home or are planning a commercial roofing project, a good warranty is essential. To learn more, Hershey Exteriors provides an overview of the crucial elements of an ideal roofing warranty. 

Coverage and Scope

A solid roofing warranty should offer comprehensive coverage. This means it covers the entire roofing system, including the shingles, underlayment, flashings, ventilation, and more. Remember, some warranties don't cover everything. There are warranties that exclude gutter systems, for instance. As such, always ensure you know what is and isn't covered before signing on the dotted line. 

Duration and Terms

The duration of the roofing guarantee is another crucial aspect to consider. A good warranty should last a considerable period. It could be anything from 20 years to a lifetime. This depends on the material and manufacturer. In addition to the duration, pay attention to what circumstances activate the warranty and what could void it.


Can the warranty be passed on to the next owner if you sell your home before it expires? A transferable warranty is a major selling point. It can add significant value to your property, especially if you're selling at some point. However, some warranties may require certain conditions to be met before transferring, so make it a point to always check the fine print.

Manufacturer's Responsibility

An ideal roofing guarantee should cover manufacturing defects. This protects you when the roofing materials don't meet the promised standard or show premature wear. The warranty will guarantee that the manufacturer will rectify the issue, giving you peace of mind about the quality and performance of your roof. 

Contractor's Responsibility

While the manufacturer is responsible for the materials, the contractor is accountable for the installation. For this reason, your warranty terms should also cover the contractor's labor and workmanship. This means that if there are problems with the roof due to poor installation, the contractor will fix the issue. More importantly, they will do so at no additional cost to you.

Maintenance Requirements

It's crucial to note that an ideal roofing warranty typically requires roof maintenance. This means regular inspections and prompt repairs. Keeping up with your roof's maintenance requirements will ensure your warranty agreement remains valid. Most warranties will also require maintenance and repairs to be done by qualified contractors. Be sure to keep documentation of all maintenance activities. A well-kept record can help streamline the claims process if you need to utilize your warranty.

Exclusions and Limitations

The roofing warranty should include a list of exclusions and limitations, so take time to understand what is and isn't covered. For instance, some warranties may not cover damage due to extreme weather conditions. Neglect or improper installation by an unqualified contractor is also typically an exclusion. As a homeowner, you need to understand these limitations to avoid misunderstandings in the future.

Claims Process

Pay attention to the claims process. Your warranty should provide a clear and straightforward step-by-step process on how to go about filing a claim. Be sure to understand the steps involved in filing a claim, including the documentation requirements. The process should also include details on how long the process takes and who to contact. It is also crucial to review your warranty regularly to ensure you're well aware of its terms and that it still meets your needs.

Remedies and Solutions

The roofing guarantee should provide clear remedies and solutions for specific issues. This means that the manufacturer and contractor should address issues that arise quickly and satisfactorily. The warranty should also include straightforward instructions for potential repairs or replacements. 

Fine Print and Legalities

Like any contract, a roofing warranty has its fair share of fine print. For this reason, carefully read through and understand all the legalities involved. Know how long the manufacturer is liable for, how roofing damage is covered, and what type of insurance coverage comes with your warranty. Understanding the fine print can help you make an informed decision and ensure your warranty is effective. If something is unclear, raise questions and ask for clarification. 

Different Types of Roofing Warranties

Different warranties are available for homeowners depending on their type of roofing system. We list a few examples of roofing warranties you should note:

  • Material Warranty. The material's or manufacturer's protection covers defects in the material and the installation of the roof components. It also covers faults in the manufacturing process. 

  • Labor Warranty. Labor warranties cover workmanship issues related to roof installation. It typically includes things such as incorrect nailing, the wrong underlayment, and improperly installed flashing. It may also cover faulty supervision and improper detailing. 

  • Extended Manufacturer's Warranty. This is an extension of the material warranty. It provides extra protection and typically covers labor and materials. It may also provide more comprehensive protection for specific roofing system elements. It is usually the most comprehensive warranty option and can cover everything from defects in the material and labor to improper installation.  

How to Secure the Ideal Roofing Warranty 

When you have plans to invest in a new roof, it's a good idea to work with a contractor who offers exceptional warranties. Preferably, you'll want one who offers not just a workmanship warranty but also a manufacturer warranty. The latter is only possible if they have been certified by a reputable manufacturer in the industry. Of course, see to it that the contractor you're planning to hire has the necessary licenses and insurance, as well as a reputation within the local community.

Whether you need roofing or siding replacement, Hershey Exteriors is committed to getting the job done right the first time. Our team is proud to be GAF-certified, which allows us to offer the manufacturer's extensive warranties that come with the brand's top-quality asphalt shingles and other roofing components. To learn more, give us a call today, or fill out our online form on our website to schedule a consultation!