All About Manufacturer and Workmanship Warranties
Performing exterior maintenance on your home and property is a necessary step in protecting your most valuable investment. Not only does your home’s exterior provide protection against the elements, but it can also improve energy efficiency and increase curb appeal when it comes time to sell. Exterior maintenance and repair can also improve the safety of your home and address deficiencies in siding, roofing, and gutter systems before they cause significant damage to your home.
As you consider work on your home’s exterior, you’re likely to have some questions about hiring the right contractor and getting some kind of guarantee or warranty on work performed. Home maintenance can be a significant financial obligation, and making sure that you and your property are covered during and after this construction process will be a critical part of a successful experience.
Consider Warranty Coverage
Securing warranty coverage for your home and property provides you with peace of mind that you are securing the best work and the best materials for your job. A warranty provides protection for you and your contractor. It is a written agreement between the two of you that work is being done as requested and materials are used that can hold up to environmental wear and tear. Knowing that all exterior components of your home will eventually succumb to repair, a warranty can provide you with a little more time and assurance that you are properly protected.
Some other assurances that warranties provide include:
- Protection against defects
- Peace of mind that work has been performed correctly
- Protection from unexpected costs and hidden fees
- Professionalism and courteous service
- Coverage on future repair and replacement
Manufacturer vs. Workmanship Warranties: What’s the Difference?
There are generally two types of warranties that you’ll have access to when getting exterior work done on your home. A manufacturer’s warranty is a guarantee provided by the manufacturer of certain products or materials used in the exterior of a home. This type of warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship, which can include cracking, peeling, fading, or decomposition.
Manufacturer’s warranties last from a few years to a lifetime, depending on:
- The type of product
- The material it was made from
- The manufacturer
Some manufacturers offer lifetime guarantees on products and services, which is a lofty promise that comes with benefits to you. As long as you adhere to a regular maintenance and repair schedule of their products, then a manufacturer is liable for the repair and replacement of their products according to their terms.
Workmanship warranties are a different type of coverage than manufacturers’ warranties. Workmanship warranties are guarantees provided by the contractor or company that performed your work, and they cover issues related to installation and craftsmanship only. This type of warranty is protection for you in case any issues arise with the way that products were installed. Workmanship warranties related to a new roof installation, for instance, may cover issues like leaks, missing shingles, and cracked flashings. Warranties for siding cover issues like peeling, cracking, and replacement needs caused by poor installation.
As a homeowner, knowing the differences between workmanship and manufacturer’s warranties will help you secure the best materials and the best contractor for your work. Knowing how to put these two warranties to work together for you will make all the difference in protecting your home and investment.
Making the Two Work for You
Manufacturers and workmanship warranties can be used together to provide more comprehensive protection for a homeowner. When both warranties go into effect, they provide protection for you against a wide range of potential issues. Issues with installation as well as defects in craftsmanship are addressed, giving you protection over almost any issue that might arise. It’s important to understand the terms and conditions of both warranties, as well as any post-work care that may be needed, to make sure that you get the most out of your home improvement investment. Failing to properly maintain and repair your home according to these terms could result in a default of your warranty, leading to more costly out-of-pocket repairs that may have been otherwise covered by a warranty.
Ask and You Shall Receive
Don’t hesitate to ask questions of your contractor about warranty coverage options that apply to your home and situation. Make sure you know what is covered before you agree to terms and conditions and know your part in maintaining your home to keep warranty coverage in place. In doing so, you’ll be protecting your investment and securing your home as you improve its function and value.
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Hammer Down Exteriors proudly serves valued clients in Layfette and the surrounding areas, providing solutions for roofing, siding, storm damage restoration, window installation, and gutters. We are your preferred contractor for exterior work to improve the look and value of your home. If you want quality work with guarantees that stand the test of time, look no further. Contact one of our experienced technicians today!