When selecting a contractor for your metal roofing/cladding project, one of the most important criteria to be considered will be a warranty. One of the most important questions to ask your potential roofing contractor is: ‘What type of warranties do you offer?’
There are three types of warranty to be aware of when it comes to Metal Roofing/Cladding.
1) Manufacturer’s Warranty
The manufacturer’s warranty covers any defects in the material. The duration of the warranty can differ between products and manufacturers. For example, VM Zinc provide a standard 10 year warranty but also offer an improved 30 year warranty if installed by a ‘VMZINC at Work’ approved contractor. It is important to remember that this warranty does not cover associated labour costs or any defects associated with poor installation. At Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft LTD we use only the best quality metal roofing and cladding materials.
2) Workmanship Warranty
A workmanship warranty should be offered as a minimum by a potential contractor. This will provide cover for various potential issues such as missing or improperly secured fasteners, misaligned panels and various simple, occasional human errors by even the best of installers! At Boyle Copper & Zinc Craft LTD we take pride in our workmanship and value your business which is why we offer a 10 year workmanship warranty on our installations.
3) Insurance-Backed Warranty
This is a warranty provided by the FTMRC (Federation of Metal Roofing Contractors). As a member of the FTMRC we can offer a fully underwritten insurance backed warranty for traditional hard metal roofing and cladding installations. The scheme provides the flexibility to cover the full range of installer involvement from the provision of full envelope build-ups to metal workmanship only. The FTMRC’s standardised installation guarantee issued by the installer details the scope of works to be covered by the insurance backed warranty, with the insurance premium being included in the contract value. Currently the premium is 2.5% of the net contract value.
With access to the scheme being available only through FTMRC members it gives the architect and building owner the comfort of knowing their project will be undertaken by a recognised installer of good standing, adhering to the FTMRC Guide to Practice. Here are the scheme’s main points:
An insurance backed warranty covering a complete range of hard metals.
Ensures compliance with manufacturer’s guidelines and recognised best practice.
- Clearly defines installer’s responsibilities and liabilities.
- Augments the manufacturer and installation guarantee.
- Provides 10 years of cover with an option to extend.
- The warranty is transferable with the building ownership.
- It offers the flexibility to cover both roofs and/or facades.
- The scheme’s insurers are regulated by the FCA.
Hopefully, this article has highlighted the importance of selecting a contractor who can offer the minimum warranties plus a premium warranty if required.
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