The roof is arguably the most important component of your house. It’s crucial to understand how roof certifications and warranties work before you install or replace your roof. Unfortunately, many homeowners are not always informed when it comes to the differences between roof certifications and warranties, leading to costly mistakes when trouble creeps in. Here are a few key facts about these roofing essentials to help you avoid missteps and ensure you’re getting a real value for your investment.

Roof Certification

A roof certification is essentially a form of warranty offered by a roofing contractor indicating that they have inspected, and possibly made the necessary repairs on, your roof and certify it for a certain number of years given its current condition. In reality, a roofing certification is less of a warranty and more of a preventive maintenance plan for the roof. Most roofing companies who issue roofing certifications often state that the certification is only valid if you schedule regular inspections with them. A roof certification happens after roof repairs when your roof is inspected by a roofer who did not install it or if you aren’t the original homeowner.

Roof Warranty

A roof warranty comes with a new roof installation. Different roof warranties cover different terms, so you need to carefully read through even the fine print to understand what is covered in and for how long. A manufacturer’s warranty covers the roofing materials and often lasts for several years (typically 30-50 years). The workmanship warranty, on the other hand, covers any damages which may result from poor workmanship on the part of the roofing contractor. 

Since no two warranties are alike, you should always discuss the details of your roof warranties with your roofer. Find out whether you’re receiving both the manufacturer’s warranty and workmanship warranty and how long they last.


Most roofing contractors will not honor claims associated with damages caused by natural disasters or severe weather such as high winds. Additionally, damage caused by foot traffic or improperly installed solar panels or skylights are not covered. Natural disasters, however, can be covered by your homeowner’s insurance policy or a flood insurance plan.

Being a savvy and educated homeowner often makes all the difference in having long, happy years under the same roof. A dependable roof warranty will save you all the headaches of spending huge sums of money out of pocket to repair your roof as long as the damage is covered under the warranty terms. A roof certification, on the other hand, gives you peace of mind that your roof is in great shape and will likely serve you for the stated number of years. For more information about roof certifications and warranties in Central Kentucky, contact AIC Roofing & Construction today.

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