If you are thinking about having new siding installed on your home in the near future, it’s important to do plenty of research before you make a purchase. From determining which siding material – vinyl, aluminum, or fiber cement, for example – is the best choice for your budget and lifestyle to finding a reputable installer to do the job, there is a lot to take into consideration!
One thing you might not have thought much about is siding warranties. However, understanding what siding warranties are and how they work is crucial when it comes to making sure you select the right product for you. Some homeowners care deeply about warranties, while others aren’t as concerned about them. Doing the right research ahead of time will help you figure out which camp you fall into, making your final purchase decision simpler.
What is the difference between a manufacturer warranty and a contractor warranty?
Manufacturer warranties, as the name suggests, provide protection against manufacturer’s defects. This means that if there is a problem with the siding itself due to the production process, your warranty will cover the issue. In most cases, completely new siding will be installed on the manufacturing company’s dime.
Contractor warranties, on the other hand, are offered by installation professionals who hang siding. Every contractor has different warranty options at different price points, so make sure to ask about your preferred contractor’s options prior to hiring. These warranties generally cover issues that occur because of improper installation.
All siding warranties generally have time limits, but some are “lifetime,” so make sure to clarify before you sign any paperwork or make any payments.
Can siding warranties be transferred?
Because the real estate industry ebbs and flows, it’s possible that you could decide to sell your North Carolina or South Carolina home when the market is right, even if you aren’t anticipating that right now. Due to the fluid nature of real estate transactions, it is wise to know whether or not your siding warranty is transferable before you buy it.
Some warranties are able to be transferred to new owners if you decide to sell your home. In other cases, however, warranties are only valid for the original purchasers. If the latter is the case for you, make sure you disclose the information to your homebuyers prior to closing.
What is the difference between a full warranty and a partial warranty?
A full siding warranty generally has few limits in regard to what it will cover. In other words, if there is an identifiable problem with your exterior cladding, your warranty should provide coverage. Partial, or limited, warranties, on the other hand, typically have stringent restrictions regarding what is actually covered. Read all the fine print before you choose any siding warranty.
If you are ready to learn more about having your home sided in the near future, contact the Hatch Homes team to discover what kinds of siding we install and how we can help you transform your house into the home you’ve always dreamed of for your family.