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Recent unusually severe weather events that have passed through Ohio have caused many homeowners to invest in a roof replacement. From the remnants of Hurricane Ike that blew over in 2008 and the derecho of 2012, these and other storms caused severe damage to rooftops. Before a property owner calls a local Columbus roofing service, it is a good idea to review the details of the existing roof's warranty. In some cases, the manufacturer may pay for new shingles that wear out before their expected lifespan.

In each warranty, the manufacturing company will list any exclusions. Most of these exclusions are related to installation errors or owner negligence in performing necessary maintenance. Misuse, such as walking across the roof with improper footwear, is also typically listed in exclusions. In other events, the manufacturer may exclude compensation if the damages would be covered by a homeowner's insurance policy.

Shingle and tile manufacturers offer warranties ranging from 20 to 50 years on common materials like flat asphalt shingles, rubber tiles and cedar shakes. A typical warranty on the traditional flat three tab asphalt shingles could be 20 years, while a premium material like slate may come with a 50 year guarantee.

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Homeowners may find that products with longer warranties also come with a higher price tag.

While the terms of a product's warranty are important and should be taken into account by anyone seeking a new roof, they should not be the homeowner's priority. This is because the exclusions list may be so extensive that most situations are not covered by the agreement. Severe storm damage such as blown off shingles or pits from hailstorms are typically excluded, as are actions like using a power washer on the roof to clean off bird droppings.

Most warranties cover materials only. The manufacturer may agree to replace shingles that have experienced splitting within 20 years of their installation. Shingles that blister, warp or telegraph may also be covered. The labor costs associated with installing the replacement shingles are typically the owner's responsibility.

For further protection against premature roof failure due to manufacturer's defects or installation problems, homeowners can seek out a roofing contractor that offers a guarantee of workmanship. These contracts should be in writing and should state in detail what costs and situations are covered. The start and end dates of the coverage period should also be stated, as well as whether or not the guarantee carries over if the home is sold to a new owner before the warranty period ends.

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