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Workmanship Versus Material Warranties

All roofs come with two types of warranties - the warranty on the workmanship and the material warranty.  The workmanship warranty is the warranty provided by the contractor and it guarantees that the installation was done correctly and that you will not have any leaks.  Most contractors offer somewhere between a 2 and 5 year guarantee against leaks.  At Colorado Roof Toppers, we offer a 10 year guarantee against leaks. 

The material warranty is provided by the shingle manufacturer.  It covers the possibility of a defect in the materials.  In the roofing industry today, almost all the manufacturers guarantee their shingles for life.  What is important to consider when looking at the material warranty is when the warranty begins to prorate.  Most manufacturers provide you with full coverage for the first 10 years and then the warranty starts to prorate.  

By hiring a manufacturer certified roofing contractor you are able to qualify for enhanced warranties that provide extra coverage on top of the standard coverage.  Only manufacturer certified contractors can offer these enhanced warranties.  

CertainTeed Roofing Warranty

CertainTeed's Standard Lifetime Warranty

All of CertainTeed's shingles are covered by SureStart protection and have a Lifetime Warranty.  For the shingles that we typically install, this means that SureStart protects you against any manufacturer defects 100% and will cover the complete cost of replacement for 10 years. If there was a manufacturing defect in the shingles, CertainTeed would completely cover the cost of replacing the shingles, and installing them.  After 10 years this warranty starts to prorate.  

CertainTeed's warranties are transferable!  The SureStart Warranty and the enhanced warranties below can be transferred from the original purchaser one time to a subsequent property owner.

CertainTeed's Enhanced Warranties

Our status as a CertainTeed SELECT ShingleMaster means you’re eligible for enhanced warranty options depending on the options and accessories you choose to have installed. This includes extended workmanship coverage and extended proration of the standard material warranty.


CertainTeed's 3-STAR Protection extends the material warranty so that it does not begin to prorate for 20 years.

CertainTeed's 4-STAR Protection extends the material warranty so that it does not begin to prorate for 50 years.

CertainTeed's 5-STAR Protection extends the material warranty so that it does not begin to prorate for 50 years AND it extends the workmanship warranty to 25 years, meaning you have 25 years of protection against leaks!

Learn More About Our Roofing Services

When it comes to something as important as your home’s roof, you want to know that your investment is protected by the right roofing warranties. Learn more about your roofing choices from CertainTeed, including warranties, by calling Colorado Roof Toppers today at (720) 378-1901 or (970) 535-4128. You can also fill out our contact form to request your free quote!

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