Exterior Siding Warranties
Serving Vancouver WA and Portland OR
Understanding what is covered and what is not in exterior siding warranties is an essential step in deciding which materials to have installed and which manufacturer to choose. Although each may have different coverage, intelligent property owners begin with a general knowledge of the expected content.
Property Owner’s Guide to Exterior Siding Warranties
Manufacturer’s warranties cover the products they make only. They do not cover additional products used in conjunction with their siding or installation. Some outline what they do not cover explicitly, while others simply leave that out.
Things sometimes covered by a siding warranty:
- Manufacturer’s defects
- Protection against excessive and unusual cracking, chipping, peeling, and other corrosion
- Limited minor weather damage
- Excessive an unexpected fading or discoloration
Things usually not covered by warranties:
- Damage caused by poor installation
- Severe weather damage
- Natural fading or wear over time
It is important to note that all warranties have time limits. Even if one says “Lifetime” the property owner must understand what that means. Also, most are considered limited instead of comprehensive.
Making a Claim Against a Warranty
If a property owner determines that the exterior siding has failed in a way that triggers the exterior siding warranties, they must first call in the professionals to learn the truth and make a record of it. Make sure what happened to the siding is actually covered and is not something normal, such as the slow fading or weathering over time.
With records and other proof on hand, contact the issuer of the warranty and start filling out paperwork. In some cases, the contractor who installed the siding in the first place can assist with the process.