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A roof is one of the most important investments a homeowner can make, and protecting that investment is vital to a home's safety and security. Luckily, most of today's roofing products come with a variety of warranty policy options, but buyer beware: all warranties are not the same, and homeowners should be aware of all of the policy's many exclusions, limitations and requirements. After all, there's nothing worse than spending several thousand dollars on a roof and then accidentally voiding its protective policy.

Warranty types are many, from those offered by a trusted, quality Greeley roofing contractor to those provided by the roof's manufacturer. Roofer warranties usually address installation issues, while manufacturer warranties cover either materials or materials and installation. Generally speaking, the factory's coupled material/installation warranty provides better value and coverage. Manufacturers vet roofing contractors for this type of coverage so homeowners who choose the double warranty are required to use one of the factory's preapproved local roofers. These dual policies are usually free to the homeowner, but the factory will also offer more extensive options for a fee.

Most major roof manufacturers list their various warranty options on their websites, so it's relatively easy to explore all the coverage choices. The first element a homeowner should consider is the length of warranty coverage, and that often depends on the type of roof that is selected. Tile and architectural shingle roofs frequently enjoy lifetime or limited lifetime warranties.

A roofing expert from Colorado Roof Toppers of Greeley CO can answer questions you have about skylights or wind damage.

Regular, three-tab asphalt shingles generally entail limited warranties that cover a 10- to 30-year time period.

Once a roof is installed, the roofer will provide the homeowner with the warranty paperwork, but it's up to the homeowner to register the warranty with the manufacturer. This is usually a good time for the homeowner to carefully read the policy to ensure that all conditions and requirements are clear.

Damage caused by earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters are often excluded from policies, but they sometimes cover high wind damage. Buyers should be aware that making alterations or repairs to the roof without the manufacturer's preapproval can void the policy, and blistering and consequential damages are typically not covered.

Warranty coverage for damage is often on a pro-rated basis. For instance, a policy might provide full coverage for damage for the first five years, but then offer an annually decreasing percentage of coverage in subsequent years. To get full-coverage throughout, homeowners should look for a no-dollar-limit warranty, or NDL.

Most roof manufacturers require homeowners to conduct regular roof maintenance to keep the warranty valid. An annual maintenance servicing by a local, approved roofer often satisfies this requirement. But, if a homeowner spots a leak at any time, he is required to notify the factory within 30 days or face voiding the warranty.

A good warranty can save homeowners hundreds of dollars and plenty of aggravation, so it pays to understand all the ins and outs of a policy. For help in selecting and understanding a roof warranty, homeowners can always consult with their trusted roofing professionals.

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