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When you purchase a new roof, one of the most important decisions you'll make will be to decide which type of warranty to purchase. Learning about the way your roof's components work together and the relationship your Bergen County roofing contractor has with the manufacturer of the materials will help you decide what type of warranty will work best for you.

Your roof is composed of three layers that are designed to work together to keep your home watertight. The roof's covering is its first line of defense against the weather. Although metal and tile are also often used, most roofs are covered with asphalt shingles. The next layer is called underlayment. Roofing felt, also called tar paper, has been the standard for decades, but new materials are being developed. The innermost layer is the decking, which is typically composed of plywood or OSB.

Many homeowners assume that the covering's warranty is the same as the entire roof's warranty. While a good warranty on your roof covering is important, it is not the only aspect of your roof that should be protected.

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For example, many homeowners who choose ceramic or concrete tiles are surprised to find they need major work on their roof after their underlayment begins to fail. Although the tiles may come with a 50-year warranty, it doesn't mean that the underlayment and other interior structures are covered for that long.

A typical warranty for underlayment can last up to 10 years. The decking may or may not have its own warranty, but its condition could void the warranty on your underlayment or shingles if it is not in good shape.

Your best warranty will come from choosing a roofer who uses shingles, underlayment and decking from a single manufacturer and has been trained in properly installing that manufacturer's materials. These roofers understand that different coverings require different underlayment and decking, and because the manufacturer has trained them, the warranty they provide is comprehensive and covers not only the materials but also the roofer's workmanship. You will need to research each manufacturer's requirements for certifying the roofers who sport their logos. Some manufacturers require ongoing intensive education and training, but others are not so strict.

Finally, you will want to understand the details of each manufacturer's warranty. Knowing each manufacture's definition of a lifetime warranty and who will back that warranty if the original roofer is no longer in business are important factors in choosing coverage.

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