Know Your Warranties

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There are two different categories of warranties when it comes to the roof on your house. The company manufactures will have a material warranty for the shingles that are used. Different products have different warranties, your professional roofing company will be able to provide you with all of this information as you select what shingles you will use. A usual upfront warranty will be between 10 and 15 years. Although defects are very rare, it can happen. Signs of a defect would be things like loss of glandules, or shingles that do not seal down properly. This does not apply to storm damage, that falls to homeowner’s insurance company. 

The defects will usually happen during the early stage of the manufacturer’s warranty period.  If a defect is recognized within the first 10 to 15 years of the installation of the shingles, you may likely end up with a new roof 100% paid for by the shingle manufacturer. If you see any of these signs call a professional roofing company for an inspection. They will advise you on the steps to file a claim with the shingle manufacturer. 

Register Your Roof

Some companies give you the optional share your info so that you have a virtual paper trail of installation information. Most do not require to submit for a warranty, but you will need to provide the invoice and original paperwork to receive a payment. What kind of shingle, when it was put on, and who installed it. When purchasing a house that is not brand new, make your agent aware that you would like the original paperwork, so you are able to make a claim if necessary. Transfers to a new homeowner depends on the company. CertainTeed is one transfer over the life of the roof. Tampico is first 5 years only. Again, consult your professional roofing contractor about this, especially if you are planning on selling the house in the next 10 years. This might be an advantage when you list your house for sale. There is also an extended warranty or a limited lifetime. For example, a 15/30 program is 15 years of full coverage, and deprecated warranty from year 16 to year 30.


Only as good as the company, at Mesler we guarantee our workmanship for 5 years. If something was not done properly, it usually becomes apparent within the first few months, so if you see something that does not look right, call your contractor. Workmanship warranties do transfer between home owners. Important for people to know when buying or selling a house. As we say, “Local Matters”. If you hire a local established quality roofing contractor, they will be around to help you if trouble ever strikes.