Can You Transfer Your Home's Roof Warranty?

By Wendy Helfenbaum 09-30-2022
QUICK SHARE
Tag Icon

Whether you're buying or selling a home, it's worth glancing at the roof warranty. For sellers, informing prospective buyers that the home's roof comes with a transferable warranty can boost the home's value. For buyers, knowing that the home's roof not only looks great but has a warranty might also provide some peace of mind.

Here's what buyers and sellers should know about the question: can you transfer your home's roof warranty?

What Do Residential Roof Warranties Typically Cover?

Coverage can vary greatly depending on the manufacturer of the roofing products, the combination of products installed, and even who installs it. The most basic types, such as the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty*, provide coverage against manufacturing defects in the roofing materials with no additional purchase or registration needed.

Roofing manufacturers may also offer enhanced roof warranty coverage when you install a certain number of products, or when the roofing system is installed by certain contractors. For example, the GAF Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty*, only available through GAF Master Elite® Contractors**, provides coverage against manufacturing defects in the products, their misapplication, as well as coverage for tear-off and disposal — if necessary in connection with a covered claim.

Many residential roof warranties also provide some coverage for wind damage and algae discoloration. It is important to carefully review and understand your warranty's terms. Here's some information on GAF warranties if you'd like to explore the options available to you when it comes to protecting your most important investment: your home!

Can I Transfer Any Roof Warranty?

Warranty terms vary widely, and transfer rules are no exception. Be sure to pay close attention to your warranty's terms. Buyers should ask sellers at or before the time of closing what kind of roof warranty they have, and ask for a copy whenever possible. Most roofing warranties allow for one transfer. So if the seller is not the one who had the roof installed, there may be restrictions on a second transfer. This varies by warranty, and even by state - so be sure to look into it as quickly and thoroughly as possible. If you determine that the warranty is eligible to be transferred, buyers should also ask the seller to leave them with any documentation they have with respect to the installation of the roof, such as a contract with the installer and/or material invoices. This may be needed at the time of transfer, or in the unlikely event of a claim later.

How Do I Transfer My GAF Roof Warranty and Is There a Cost?

Once you've purchased your new home, moved in, and have determined that your warranty is eligible to be transferred into your name, you should email ccp@gaf.com or call 1-877-423-7663 as soon as possible. Simply provide your name, address, and the date you purchased the property and be prepared to provide a copy of your deed, as GAF might request proof that you own the home. Be advised that most residential roof warranties, including GAF's, provide a specific timeframe within which you are required to notify the manufacturer about the property transfer so be sure to do so as quickly as possible. GAF's residential roof warranties can be transferred within the first year after the property transfer occurs.


*See the GAF Shingle & Accessory Limited Warranty and Golden Pledge® Limited Warranty for complete coverage and restrictions.

**Contractors enrolled in GAF certification programs are not employees or agents of GAF, and GAF does not control or otherwise supervise these independent businesses. Contractors may have agreed that they will use GAF roofing products, and may receive benefits, such as loyalty rewards points and discounts on marketing tools from GAF for participating in the program.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Helfenbaum is a Montreal-based journalist, content marketing writer and TV producer who covers design, architecture, real estate, gardening and travel for many publications and brands, including Country Gardens, Metropolis Magazine, Realtor.com, Marriott Traveler, Costco Connection, Toll Brothers, PBS NextAvenue.org and many more. Wendy loves keeping up with current design trends and is addicted to home improvement DIY reality shows. Follow her @WendyHelfenbaum.
Don't miss another GAF RoofViews post!
LATEST UPDATES
Hurricane Ian was the deadliest to strike Florida since the famously catastrophic 1935 Labor Day hurricane. With wind speeds that reached 150 mph, the 2022 hurricane left a trail of profound devastation-and the people caught in that trail are now fighting to rebound and rebuild. Leveraging the combined expertise and resources of GAF and Standard Logistics to assist affected locals, GAF is proud to be part of the efforts to provide relief to those who need it most.
As the winter season approaches, decorating your home with lights is a classic way to show your holiday spirit. However, there are right and wrong ways to go about this (National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, anyone?)-and, depending on your roof, the correct ones may not always be easy to accomplish on your own. To help, here are five tips to simplify your annual holiday light installation so you can make your home merry and bright without damaging the roof - or yourself!
Architects strive to achieve a roof design that strikes a delicate balance between aesthetics and performance. Achieving high-performance means incorporating the code, warranty, and guarantee requirements that building owners must meet - among the most important factors of any construction project - into design vision. This isn't made any easier by the sheer number of roofing systems available. Even experienced architects can find it challenging to get familiar with all available components and positively identify which materials are going to deliver the ultimate protection for the building.
As Erasmo "Mitos" Fuentes - GAF CARE Team Training Lead and highly respected "Maestro" of the roofing world - will warn rookies, errors during installation can have consequences later on in the life of the roofing system. Many are minor, like small leaks. Others, though, can be much more serious, such as major (and potentially catastrophic) cracks.
A harsh storm can cause all kinds of damage to your home, especially its roof. While some roof problems are obviously visible, others aren't as simple to spot. Whether you can see them or not, fixing any issues that pop up in the aftermath of a storm helps keep your home safe from further harm. With strong storms come sharp winds, hail, and heavy rain that can damage shingles, gutters, flashing, and other areas.
About 82% of homes in the United States have outdoor living areas-many with low-slope roofs. That's nearly 6 million homes that could feature a self-adhered roofing system. Are you taking advantage of the opportunities that these porches, sheds, garages, and carports represent?
This blog contains information created by a variety of sources, including internal and third party writers. The opinions and views expressed do not necessarily represent those of GAF. The content is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

Interested in sharing or republishing our content? We kindly ask you to adhere to our guidelines.