Some commercial roof warranties can be a bit confusing to understand, especially for new roofing construction. If this is the case, we want to help you understand how it works. Commercial roof warranties are legal relationships between the roofing contractors, roof material manufacturers and the property owners. These types of warranties guarantee that the roof will perform within their stated specifications. If the roof somehow fails to live up to its specifications, the warranty will indicate the appropriate actions on how it can be replaced. It also indicates how it can be voided if the said conditions are not met, such as regular inspections and maintenance. Here’s what you need to know to better understand your commercial roof’s warranty.
Warranty Repairs and Responsibilities
Understanding your commercial roof warranty means knowing who’s responsible for any repair and replacement costs in case of sudden or unforeseen accidents. The responsibility of fixing defective roofing materials lies with the manufacturer. They’re responsible for replacing them at no cost, so long as it’s within the stated conditions of the warranty. They’re not, however, responsible for the poor workmanship done to install the roofing materials, as well as replacing the defective materials that they didn’t supply.
Roofing contractors are ones responsible for repairing or replacing defective materials that they supply. For instance, they’ll cover most of the EPDM roofing cost if the majority of the defective materials used are supplied by them. They’re also responsible for the needed labor to fix the poor workmanship of the roofing project for free, so long as it’s within the duration of the warranty period. Any other costs not covered by the warranties of both the manufacturer and contractor will be covered by the property owner or the owner’s representative. Proper roof maintenance is part of the owner’s responsibility as well, which means annual inspections must be made to ensure that the roof materials are within their warranty’s conditions.
Commercial warranty types have two main categories: manufacturer warranties and roof contractor warranties. Both copies of the warranties should be in possession by either the commercial property owner or manager. Understanding the terms of each warranty can also help you decide which materials should be used and who should cover the cost to install them.
- A manufacturer’s warranty covers any defective products under its specified use during its warranty period. Even if it costs more to replace the defective materials, it’s still their responsibility to cover the expenses. Aside from defective products, premature deterioration also falls under their warranty, but this can also be caused by poor workmanship depending on the situation.
- A roofing contractor’s warranty covers the workmanship done on the roofing project. Having the budget for high-quality materials won’t effectively protect your commercial roof unless installed properly by a professional contractor. This warranty also covers the needed labor to install the materials supplied by them as well as the manufacturer, including any additional products they may use during the roof renovation process.
Whether you need a professional to inspect your commercial roof or need a contractor who specializes in single-ply roof repair, consider hiring our team at Carney Roofing Company. Call us today at (936) 569-8241, or you can reach us through our convenient online request form. We serve our customers in Tyler and nearby TX areas.