What Should You Look for in a Siding Installation Warranty?

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When it comes to home improvement projects, few things are more essential than understanding your siding installation warranty. Homeowners often invest thousands of dollars in new siding, only to later discover that their warranty is riddled with exclusions and loopholes. To avoid this frustrating and costly scenario, it’s crucial to know what to look for in a siding installation warranty. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you make an informed decision.

The Importance of a Well-Written Warranty

A warranty is only as good as the paper it’s written on. Many siding warranties are loaded with specific exclusions and technical jargon that can make it challenging to understand what is actually covered. This often leaves homeowners with less protection than they thought they had.

The writing in these warranties can be so complex and filled with exclusions that there’s not much substance to them. It’s essential to thoroughly examine the siding warranty to ensure you know exactly what is included.

Common Pitfalls in Siding Warranties

Understanding the warranty means being aware of the common pitfalls that many homeowners face. These can include:

  • Excessive Exclusions: Some warranties exclude common issues, leaving you vulnerable to costly repairs. 
  • Complex Language: The use of technical terms and legal jargon can make it hard to determine your coverage. 
  • Limited Duration: Warranties with short timeframes might expire before any issues arise.

Key Elements to Look for in a Siding Installation Warranty

Manufacturer vs. Installation Warranties

One of the first things to understand is the difference between a manufacturer’s warranty and an installation warranty.

  • Manufacturer’s Warranty: This typically covers defects in the siding material itself. If the siding fails due to a manufacturing defect, this warranty should cover the replacement or repair of the siding. 
  • Installation Warranty: This covers the workmanship involved in installing the siding. If the siding was not installed correctly, this warranty should cover the costs to fix any issues. 

Both types of warranties are important, and ideally, your project should be covered by both.

Coverage Duration and Transferability

  • Duration: Look for warranties that offer long-term coverage. Many high-quality siding warranties offer coverage for 20-30 years or even a lifetime. 
  • Transferability: If you plan to sell your home, a transferable warranty can be a significant selling point. Make sure the warranty can be transferred to the new homeowner, which adds value to your property. 

Specific Coverage Details

It’s essential to understand the specifics of what is covered under your siding installation warranty. Look for details on:

  • Labor Costs: Does the warranty cover labor costs for repairs? 
  • Accidental Damage: Are damages caused by accidents or severe weather covered? 
  • Maintenance Requirements: Are there specific maintenance tasks you need to perform to keep the warranty valid?

The Craftsman’s Choice Difference

Customer-Centric Warranty Approach

At Craftsman’s Choice, we pride ourselves on offering a straightforward and comprehensive warranty. If there’s anything installed improperly, we will come out and fix it, no questions asked. Our approach is simple: identify the issue, find a solution, and resolve it promptly.

Real-Life Testimonials

Some of our best reviews come from customers who have experienced our warranty service firsthand. After many years, if a minor repair is needed, we address it without hesitation. Unlike some competitors who try to avoid their warranty obligations, we see it as an opportunity to reinforce our commitment to customer satisfaction.

Long-Term Relationship Building

For us, honoring our warranty isn’t just about fixing problems; it’s about building long-term relationships with our customers. Each service call is a chance to show our dedication to quality and customer care.

Conclusion

A siding installation warranty is a critical part of your home improvement investment. By understanding the difference between manufacturer and installation warranties, being aware of common pitfalls, and knowing what specific coverage details to look for, you can ensure that your siding investment is protected.

At Craftsman’s Choice, we believe in the power of a strong warranty to not only protect your home but also to build lasting relationships with our customers. Don’t let a poorly written warranty undermine your siding project. Make sure you have a robust and clear warranty that offers true peace of mind. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us today.

Ben Juncker

Author

When Ben Juncker was sitting in his high school career planning class, siding installer was not on his list of potential career paths. As with most people in the construction industry, certain questionable life choices led to a point where they were wearing a tool belt, working with their hands. His path started just this way and he would not change a thing. Those early years in his business of scraping and clawing their way to profitability and stability, have helped him to build a culture of hard work and perseverance at Craftsman’s Choice. Ben started his company in 1998 and they installed their first James Hardie job in 2000. Since that time Craftsman’s Choice has become one of the nation’s top James Hardie Remodelers. They have won James Hardie’s prestigious President’s Club award every year since it’s inception in 2015.

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