Roofing Warranties And Guarantees: What
They Mean And What To Look Out For

January 27, 2023

Our Warranties Will Keep Your Roof Safe And Strong

A new roof is a significant investment for homeowners, and you want to ensure you are protected. That’s why many roofing companies offer warranties and guarantees on the materials they use and their workmanship. Knowing what these mean will help you understand what protections you have in place if something goes wrong with your new roof.

With proper maintenance and comprehensive warranties from a trusted roofing replacement company, you can rest assured that your roof will stay strong and safe for the next 20 to 30 years.

Roofing warranties are designed to provide peace of mind – so you know that if anything goes wrong, you have an expert partner to turn to when you need it most. So, before you embark on any roofing project, understand the types of warranties offered by roofing companies and how they can benefit you as a homeowner.

What Are Roofing Warranties And Guarantees?

A warranty is a promise from the manufacturer or contractor that the workmanship and materials used in a project will perform as expected over a certain period (usually 25-30 years). Usually, if anything goes wrong with the job due to faulty craftsmanship or materials, it will be repaired at no additional cost.

In contrast, a guarantee is an agreement between you and the contractor that if something goes wrong during the installation or within a certain period after installation—and is not covered by a manufacturer’s warranty—they will fix it free of charge.

Which One Should You Choose?

Different types of warranties and guarantees are available for residential and commercial properties, and knowing them can make all the difference when choosing the right one.

Manufacturer’s Material Warranty

Manufacturers’ product warranties cover material defects, such as shingles or tiles. The manufacturer determines these warranties, which you should review carefully before installation. Generally, they will not cover improper installation or any damage caused by weather-related events.

Some manufacturers offer lifetime coverage for the entire lifespan of your roof, while others provide prorated or non-prorated coverage. All repairs or replacements made under the policy are free after meeting any deductible requirements specified in advance. These policies typically remain valid even after years have passed since installation, making them ideal for long-term security.

But, some warranties may have limitations as far as coverage goes, such as covering only specific parts of a roof system or not covering labor costs associated with installation, repairs, or replacements.

Workmanship Warranty

Many contractors offer workmanship warranties to offer protection against premature wear or failure due to faulty installation.

Usually, they cover labor costs associated with repairs or replacements, so you don’t have to worry about paying out of pocket if something goes wrong. The coverage can vary from one year to the lifetime of the roofing system.

Regular Inspections

When you purchase a roofing system, you may be offered a service contract involving multi-point inspections done by professional inspectors who look for any potential issues that need attention before they become major problems.

Professional roofing inspections provide the ultimate peace of mind to homeowners, especially those with high-end roof systems in harsh climates.

What To Look Out For When Choosing A Warranty
Or Guarantee?

When considering different warranties or guarantees for your roof system, here are a few things you should consider:

Coverage Length

How long does the coverage last? Is there an option for extended coverage? Do different lengths cover different areas? Many manufacturers offer lifetime warranties. However, these often do not apply in cases where damage has been caused by weather-related events or user negligence.

Payment Options

Ask the contractor about payment options available for any repairs or replacements. Also, check if the homeowner may incur extra costs for certain repairs or replacements.


To sell your house, you must know if the warranty or guarantee is transferable. This will help attract potential buyers who may be wary of investing in a used home due to potential repairs that may come up down the line.


Check what is excluded from the coverage. Some policies may exclude damage caused by weather-related events, user negligence, and other factors that are out of the contractor’s or manufacturer’s control.

Houston Roofing & Construction Pledges To Protect
Your Roof For Life With A Roofing Warranty

At Houston Roofing & Construction, we provide a Golden Pledge Warranty for our roofing services. It is a 50-year non-prorated warranty that covers all labor costs associated with repairs and replacements due to defective material or faulty workmanship.

As one of the GAF Master Elite certified roofing replacement companies, we offer the best assurances backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal. We strive to provide our clients with reliable protection and peace of mind for all their roofing needs.

Contact us today to learn more about our warranties and guarantees.

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