An upgrade through new siding installation is an excellent way to boost your home’s value, enhance curb appeal, and increase energy efficiency. But you could end up with some surprises that end up costing you more than you thought if you don’t watch out for the right warranties. Check out this list of the different warranties you should watch for.
In general, you’ll find two types of siding installation warranties, one from the manufacturer and the other from the siding contractors.
A manufacturer warranty, as you would expect, comes to you from the company that produced the siding. This is a guarantee on your siding to protect you from defects in the materials.
This warranty is provided by your siding contractors to guarantee their workmanship on the siding installation. It may last for one year or more, depending on the contractors you use.
You can expect to find both kinds of siding warranties when you have a siding installation done. They will stipulate everything necessary in complete detail and in writing for your benefit. The documents will outline what you may expect and what will not be covered in the agreement. They will also note the warranty duration and how issues will be rectified. Here are some things you can expect to see:
For a home siding installation, “lifetime” usually means the period of time the manufacturer has determined that optimal quality is maintained. The standard is 50 years, but it may be more or less.
The quality of your siding may also determine the duration of the warranty.
Siding contractors will normally provide a warranty that includes free reparations for labor and installation-related issues over the course of a certain period of time. Many siding contractors provide warranties in place of any “implied warranty,” which often guarantees solid workmanship in the United States.
Check the details of your siding warranty to see if it is transferable. This means the warranty will remain after the sale of the home. Having a transferable warranty is welcomed by potential buyers and can increase your home’s resale value.