What does the workmanship warranty mean?

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Replacing your roof is an expensive venture. Several parties are involved with roof replacement: manufacturers, roofing contractors and dumpsters, among others. The different parties offer warranties. Do you understand what that means? Let us focus on the workmanship warranty. The workmanship warranty backs up your roofing contractor’s work. This warranty, together with the manufacturer’s warranty, provides your roof with coverage if improper installation causes any damage or defects. The workmanship warranty is a standard industry practice, although that was not always the case.


The warranty is only valid if the roofing company that offers it remains in operation. Experience, therefore, becomes a crucial factor when choosing roofing companies. The warranty is only valid for as long as the contractor who issued it retains sole control over their service – roof repair, replacement, or installation. The roofing contractor that you choose to install a new roof on your property should be competent and reputable. He should be able to complete the work in a professional and timely manner. If you, the homeowner, and the roofing contractor had agreed on details like installation, timelines, and had them written down, it is possible to predict the outcome in the event of a dispute. You need to have all the details concerning the services to be performed by the contractor and what you expect written down in a clear, precise way. Do not leave room for assumptions and ambiguity.

What a workmanship warranty should include:

  • Work start and completion times
  • Insurance coverage in case of property damage or personal injury
  • Price
  • Change order procedures
  • Unwritten presentations
  • Products to be used
  • Worksite appearance
  • License, code and permit requirements
  • Payment terms and conditions
  • Exclusions

Price fairness

Price fairness and unwritten representation may be the most difficult items to define on the workmanship warranty. A good roofing contractor stands behind his work. He cares about his reputation and future referrals that clients like you could provide. Workmanship warranties differ. You need to compare different warranties before settling on a roofing contractor. Some may be 10-year warranties. Some companies have simplified their warranties to make them more understandable. Some may have a cost limit of the service. If there are leaks, insulations, paint repairs and sheetrock, for instance, they can only be valid if they are worth up to $5,000 (or any other limit). Some companies still do minor repairs after the warranty has expired, if they are related to workmanship. Some roofing contractors offer lifetime workmanship warranties. These are usually transferable to another homeowner, should you sell your property. You will pay a small fee, though. Such companies have been in the industry long enough and know how long their roofs last. They are also confident about the quality of their installations. They rarely receive any complaints regarding the workmanship. Some companies include yearly roof installations in their workmanship warranty. This way, they are able to identify potential problems early enough and fix them. They will walk the roof and check the attic. They will look out for potential problems. If something else, for instance a satellite dish, damaged the roof, they will charge you for it.

All in All

Workmanship warranties are important for every roofing project. They are also a good way to choose among roofing contractors. Understanding them is essential, especially if there is a dispute. If you have any more questions about workmanship warranties or if you are looking for a high-quality roofing contractor in Denton, TX, contact your Reilly Roofing & Gutters as soon as you can. We are here to address all of your concerns.

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