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Cheryl, Home Buyer in North Tonawanda, NY

I'm near closing on my 1st home, with a closing contingency of a new tear off roof. But now I'm being told

Asked by Cheryl, North Tonawanda, NY Wed Jan 23, 2008

that the warranty for the new roof isn't transferable to me. What should I do?

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The warranty is dependent on the contractor and/or manufacturer but most are indeed transferable. This is something might be resolved by speaking to the contractor directly and explaining the situation. A reputable contractor should be willing to transfer the warranty. If you have no luck with the contractor, find out who the roofing material manufacturer is and get the local rep involved. They may be willing to step in and help resolve this for you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Feb 22, 2015
The warranties on roofs can be deceptive because they are pro-rated and sometimes only cover the cost materials anyway. I would suggest for "piece of mind" to hire an independent inspector to check for things like proper ventilation, flashing and caulking, were properly done.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Apr 3, 2008
Most of the time in NY State, contractors are not obligated to extend a warrantee (even new home warrantee) beyond the person who contracts for the work to be done. Roof warrantees are only as good as they are written and are not as wonderful as they sound. Workmanship is whatever is written in the contract between you and the contractor. The manufacturer's warrantee (20 yr, 30 yr. etc) has limitations also and should be investigated. The coverage many times is pro-rated and drops off to nearly nothing after the first 5 yrs. I suggest that you consult with your attorney about getting your own estimate for the work and having the money for the roof held in escrow. After you close, you hire the contractor and you will not only have a warrantee but also the choice of the contractor and will have control over how the work is done. I am not advocating nor promoting any product but here is a good source to explore for comparison purposes: http://www.owenscorning.com/around/roofing/roofhome.asp
Web Reference: http://www.owenscorning.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2008
perhaps because you are already in contract, they can write the warranty/installation with your name on it and not the current owners.
Web Reference: http://GailGladstone.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 23, 2008
I would insist on a different contractor. You have a right to that warranty.
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