3 Reasons Why You Need a Good Shingle Warranty

3 Reasons Why You Need a Good Shingle Warranty

Replacing a roof is probably something you’ll only have to do once or twice during a lifetime of home ownership, so it’s understandable that you might not know a lot about the benefits of upgrading your roofing warranty. To help clarify this important topic, let’s look at three good reasons why you should invest in the best warranty offered by your shingle manufacturer.

Comprehensive Coverage

If you opt for just the standard warranty that comes with your shingles, you’ll only have warranty coverage against manufacturer’s defects in the material. If you buy shingles made by an industry-leading manufacturer like Owens Corning, for example, and have your new roof installed by one of their factory-certified contractors, you can upgrade to their best warranty that gives you the most comprehensive non-prorated warranty coverage available. This not only protects the shingles, but all the different Owens Corning components of your roof system such as water barrier, starter and hip or ridge shingles, and ventilation products. Additionally, these extended warranties also cover defects in workmanship and the cost of replacing defective components.


If you decide to sell your home at some point in the future, having a extended warranty on your roof that’s transferable to a new owner can make it more attractive to buyers. Oftentimes, a home buyer has no protection at all against manufacturers’ defects in an existing roof. Knowing that the shingles and all the system components are covered under a warranty that can be put in the new buyer’s name can add value to your property and give a potential buyer added confidence that your home is the one they want to purchase.

Warranty Longevity for Greater Peace of Mind

The length of a basic shingle warranty depends on the exact grade of product you buy, but you can expect to have just 3–10 years of non-prorated coverage against manufacturer defects, followed by a prorated period up to a total of 10–15 years. In contrast, top-of-the-line manufacturer warranties provide 50 years of worry-free non-prorated coverage on materials, and up to a lifetime guarantee on the installation workmanship.

Here at Yellowhammer Roofing, we are proud to be an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, so we’re able to offer their best roofing system warranties. If you’re considering replacing the roof on your Athens or Huntsville home and would like to learn more about the benefits of an extended roofing warranty, contact us today!

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